We encourage the continued delivery of the course content where possible but there is no requirement to set additional assessment or homework tasks, and no student should be disadvantaged if they are unable to complete any work set after schools/colleges and other centres were closed.
We acknowledge that teachers are continuing to support students in year 12 who are continuing with studies to ensure they remain motivated and engaged and this may include assessment tasks, such as the completion of units started before lockdown where teacher input, resourcing and guidance had been given to students.
Therefore, if students are able to satisfy the usual criteria they can; the rules for working from home in Section 5 of the 2012 handbooks and section 8 of the 2016 handbooks are still in force:
We recognise that tutors might not be able to invigilate or directly supervise every learner as they complete their assignment. Learners can complete their assignments in their own time, at the centre or home. If a tutor cannot supervise, checks take place so they are confident the learner’s work is authentic. For example, tutors can use questioning to confirm the depth and breadth of their understanding of the topic the learner has covered in a specific piece of work.
We recognise that you might not be able to invigilate or directly supervise every learner as they complete their assignment. Learners can complete their assignments in their own time, at the centre or at home. If you can’t supervise, you must use enough checks so you’re confident the learner’s work is authentic. For example you can use questioning to confirm the depth and breadth of their understanding of the topic they’ve covered in a specific piece of work.
Tasks that rely on practical activities and witness statements as part of the evidence should not be attempted at home. Where students have completed additional work after these closures, caution should be exercised where that evidence suggests a change in performance. In many cases, it is likely to reflect the student’s circumstances and context in which the work was done.
Centres will be able to have completed work moderated at the earliest opportunity with OCR. However, if completing all units as planned next year is not possible due to workload issues, you will not need to – the candidate would still get an overall grade. Please see our main Cambridge Technicals FAQs and our additional FAQs for Year 12.