Cambridge Technicals (2012 and 2016)
Which qualifications does this apply to?
All Level 2 and 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications, both 2012 and 2016 suites.
What is the process for awarding Cambridge Technical grades this summer?
There are two separate processes, dependent on if your students were due to complete the course this summer:
Students completing an overall qualification this summer
For any students due to complete a qualification this summer, we will ask you to provide a centre assessment grade and a rank order for each unit. We will not be asking you for grades or rank orders at qualification level.
Year 12 students due to complete a full qualification of any size or level this summer, can be also included in the centre assessment grade process.
We will use your unit centre assessment grade and rank orders together with any results from units already completed to generate a calculated result for the overall qualification.
Students not completing the full qualification but due to submit units/take exams this summer
We will not be asking you for unit centre assessment grades or rank orders. We will be able to provide an assessed grade for these students at the point they are due to finish their overall qualification. This will be based on any units completed at that point.
However, we would like to reassure you that, if completing all units as planned is not possible due to workload issues, you will not need to – the student would still get an overall grade next year.
How will you know which students to provide a calculated result for?
We have sent your exams officer an ‘intention to claim’ spreadsheet containing the details of all candidates who have been registered for a Cambridge Technical (2012 and 2016 suites) since September 2018.
You will need to identify which students were due to complete this summer and the units they intended to use towards their qualification (including if any resits were planned). You will need to complete and return this ‘intention to claim’ spreadsheet to us by 22 May 2020.
It is important your students are registered for the size qualification they expected to receive this summer, please make any required ‘top-up’ or ‘move-down’ entries immediately and also indicate on the spreadsheet the qualification they are due to receive.
Our students complete a smaller qualification at the end of Year 12 and we/they decide later if they should progress to a larger qualification the following year, what should we do?
This summer’s year 12 students who were expecting a grade for a smaller qualification should be included on your ‘intention to claim’ spreadsheet. Centre assessment grades and rank orders should be provided for each unit.
If they return for a second year in 2020/2021, you can ‘top them up’ to the larger qualification as normal. They will not need to repeat any units that they have already been given a calculated result for (although you may choose to resubmit a unit if you have enough time to do so).
2012 suite only
If students are taking a Cambridge Technical 2012 suite qualification where funding is being withdrawn in England, don’t forget that any transfers to a larger qualification must be with the ESFA by 31 July 2020.
What do I have to submit so my students get the final grade this summer?
For students completing this summer, there are two key pieces of information we need at unit level:
- a centre assessment grade for each student taking the unit
- a rank order of your students within each grade for the unit
The rank order must be a single rank order per unit for the different year groups completing a qualification, regardless of the size qualifications entered for.
For example, if you have both Diploma and Extended Diploma students due to be assessed on the same unit this summer, this will be one rank order across both qualifications.
Guidance to help you assign centre assessment grades and preparing your rank order for Cambridge Technicals is available here
What grade do we submit?
- For all internally assessed units: U/Pass/Merit/Distinction
- For 2016 Level 3 examined units: U/Near Pass (R)/Pass/Merit/Distinction
- For 2016 Level 2, Unit 1: Achieved/Not Achieved
- For 2016 Level 2, Unit 2: U/Pass/Merit/Distinction
How will resits work?
The best of any multiple attempts at an already completed unit will automatically be used towards the calculated result unless you indicate on the intention to claim spreadsheet you intended for students to resit in June 2020.
You will be asked to provide a new centre assessment grade for the unit and you will need to include the student in your rank order for that unit.
When do I have to submit so students get their results?
The deadline for you to submit centre assessment grades and rank orders to us for students certificating this summer will be 26 June 2020 and you will have a three-week window from 8 June until 26 June 2020 to do this in.
We're developing a system for you to submit your centre assessment grades and rank orders. You will be able to submit this information directly into the website or by uploading a spreadsheet, which needs to be in a CSV format. More details can be found in our exams officer section here.
This is not the same process as the ‘intention to claim’ spreadsheet, deadline 22 May. The intention to claim is to allow us to set up the system to receive your unit-level centre assessment grades and rank orders and to identify students who need a result this summer.
What do I need to submit for students not certifying this summer?
We do not need any information from you for these students now. When they are due to complete their qualification, we will provide an assessed grade based on the units completed at that point. We will not be asking you to provide unit centre assessment grades or rank orders for these students.
Some additional FAQs for Year 12 are available here.
For students completing this summer, what will you do with the information we provide?
We will use your unit centre assessment grade and rank order together with the results from the units already completed to calculate the overall qualification grade.
If we need to adjust your grades, this will be done at unit level before the overall qualification is calculated. We will use the usual points per Credit/GLH system as described in the Cambridge Technicals centre handbooks to determine the overall qualification grade.
Supporting evidence for centre assessment grades - what should these records contain?
You should keep evidence that shows the professional judgement you used when grading and rank ordering your students for each unit. There is no set format for this evidence, but it must be accessible if needed.
In what situations would OCR ask to see our supporting evidence?
We may ask to see it as part of our quality assurance processes. We may also need to investigate specific students if we hold no banked evidence for the student (because you intended to submit all units for moderation/take all exams this summer or your moderation visits were cancelled in the period before schools and colleges were closed).
For Tech Levels do we need to submit our MEI plan?
No, we do not need to see your plan for meaningful employer involvement (MEI). This will be viewed at your next moderation visit.
Test unit entries (2016 only)
Our school/college closed before making our June 2020 test unit entries, do we need to do them now?
If you are looking to use a Cambridge Technicals 2016 suite June 2020 test unit towards a student’s qualification this summer, and have not already done so, please make your test unit entries by Friday 5 June. There will be no late entry fees for these entries.
If a student is not completing this summer, please wait for more guidance on June 2020 test entries.