Which qualifications does this apply to?
Level 1/2 Cambridge National Awards and Certificates
What is the process for awarding Cambridge Nationals grades this summer?
There are two separate processes, dependent on if your students were due to complete (certificate) the course this summer:
Students completing this summer
For any students due to complete their qualification this summer, we will ask you to provide a centre assessment grade and a rank order for the overall qualification. We will not be asking you for grades or ranks at unit level.
Most students in this position will be year 11, however year 10 students (or below) due to complete the full qualification and certify early this summer, can also be included in the centre assessment grade process.
We will use your centre assessment grade together with any banked evidence (units awarded by OCR in a previous series) to generate a calculated result for the qualification.
Students not completing but due to take units this summer
We will not be asking you for unit centre assessment grades or rank orders now. We will be able to provide results for the student when they certify in a future series.
This will not prevent you from entering the candidate for those units next year. However, we would like to reassure you that, if completing these units next year is not possible due to workload issues, you will not need to – the candidate would still get an overall grade.
How will you know which students to provide a calculated result for?
Any students with a certification (‘cash-in’) entry for June 2020 will be provided a calculated overall grade this summer. It is important your certification entry (Jxxx) is in place in addition to any entries for units (Rxxx) due to be taken this summer.
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 qualification level:
- a centre assessment grade for each student taking your subject
- a rank order of your students within each grade
Your centre assessment grade should factor in any units already completed by the student and any units due to be completed this June, including resits.
The rank order must be a single rank order for different cohorts completing a qualification, however Award (60 GLH) students and Certificate (120 GLH) students must be ranked separately.
How will resits work?
The best of any units already completed will automatically be used towards the calculated result unless you have a resit entry for June 2020 in place.
For students due to resit in June 2020, we will not use the banked result for that unit unless we identify that using the banked result would be more beneficial to the student - we will always use the best combination to determine the overall result.
When do I have to submit so students get their results?
The deadline for you to submit anything to us will be 12 June 2020 and you will have a two week window from 1 June until 12 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.
What do I need to submit for students not certifying this summer?
We do not need any information from you for these students now. We will provide more details on arrangements for these students as soon as we can.
For students completing this summer, what will you do with the information we provide?
We will use your centre assessment grade and rank order together with the results from units already completed to grades if needed. For resits, we will not use the banked evidence for the unit unless it is beneficial to the student for us to do so.
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. There’s no set format for this evidence, but it must be accessible if needed.
In what situations would OCR ask to see 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 in the student’s final series this summer).
We withdrew our unit and/or certification entries for June 2020, can we re-enter them now?
Yes, if you have previously withdrawn your entries and now wish to reinstate them, please make new entries for these students before 15 May. You will not be charged late entry fees.
After 15 May, it will no longer be possible to make any changes to your entries and any students without an entry will not receive a result.
The entry for one of our students was missed, can we enter them now?
Yes, enter the student before 15 May. For unit entries (Rxxx), this will attract a stage 1 late fee. Certification entries (Jxxx) are free, no late fees will apply.
We will not be applying any stage 2 late fees this summer; late fees do not apply to any entries withdrawn and reinstated.
We intended to enter our students in November 2020/January 2021/June 2021 for units that we will no longer have time to complete, should we enter them now?
No, do not enter any students that were not already planned to be assessed in June 2020. We will provide more details on the arrangements for these students as soon as we can.
We have June 2020 unit entries for year 10s or below but are not planning to certificate until June 2021 or beyond, what should we do?
We recommend you do not withdraw these entries as this will enable us to use these entries to generate a future qualification grade.
For students not certifying this summer, if we leave a June 2020 examined unit entry in place, does this count as one of the two permitted attempts?
No, only completed assessments count towards the two-attempt limit for examined units (an absent student does not count as an attempt in a usual series and there are no limits for internally assessed units).
You can still enter the student for up to two more attempts (depending on the number of previous attempts) next year.
We need more information on the process for students not certificating this summer, including fee information, before we decide if we should withdraw our June 2020 unit entries, will the 15 May deadline still apply?
Entries for all students certificating this summer must be made by 15 May. However, for students not certificating this summer, we will give you an opportunity to withdraw your June 2020 entries once further details on the process for these students are available.