We have recently shared our proposed approach for adapting Cambridge Technicals in 2020/21. This is designed to help you and your students to reduce the impact of lost teaching and learning time and meet public health concerns.
We’ve submitted our proposals to our regulator and the DfE for review. This requires time and we look forward to confirming the final details as soon as possible.
There are 3 elements to our proposed approach:
- A reduced number of assessments overall*
- Unit level adaptations to assessment tasks
- Assessed grades for units which could not be assessed in summer 2020
For those completing the qualification in 2020/21, where a student was due to take an assessment in summer 2020 and could not do so, an assessed grade will be available to them for the unit(s) in question. The assessment does not need to be taken.
For units left to be taken this year, our proposals are that in most cases where students have multiple moderated units to complete, they can do one fewer (or in some larger qualifications, two fewer) assessments. This approach allows students to complete whole assessments for the units chosen, rather than multiple partial assessments.
All candidates certificating in summer 2021 must take assessment this year. It is important where an examined mandatory unit was not ‘taken’ last year (either by sitting the assessment last year or by being eligible for an assessed grade for summer 2020), it is taken this year.
*For Level 2 Cambridge Technicals, in our current proposals, a reduced number of assessments does not apply due to the design as a one-year course.
However, where centres deliver this over two years and a student was due to take an assessment in summer 2020, an assessed grade will be available for the unit(s), leaving the assessment for the remaining unit(s) to complete this year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find more information about the proposals?
More information will be added in the following FAQs during week commencing 19 October:
A reduced number of assessments overall
Our proposals for Level 3 Cambridge Technicals are:
- Certificate (180GLH) – must take all assessments
- Extended Certificate and Introductory Diploma (360GLH) – do not take assessment for 1 or more units up to 60 GLH
- Foundation Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma (540GLH) – do not take assessment for 1 or more units up to 60 GLH
- Diploma (720GLH) – do not take assessment for 1 or more units up to 120 GLH
- Extended Diploma (1080GLH) – do not take assessment for 1 or more units up to 120 GLH
Our proposals for Level 2 Cambridge Technicals are:
- Award/Certificate (90 GLH) – must take all assessments
- Certificate/Extended Certificate (180 GLH) – must take all assessments
- Diploma (360 GLH) – must take all assessments
FAQs on how our proposals apply to each subject will be added shortly.
Unit level adaptations to assessment tasks
Assessed grades for units which could not be assessed in summer 2020
- What is an assessed grade? Is this the same as a centre assessment grade (CAG)?
- Who is eligible for an assessed grade for Cambridge Technicals?
Can more than one element apply?
Yes, our proposals are that students can have an assessed grade for units which could not be assessed in summer 2020 and complete a reduced number of assessments overall. You can also apply the unit level adaptations to the unit(s) they are completing this year.
When do we receive the assessed grade for units which could not be assessed in summer 2020?
We will issue them at the end of the course when there will be the most evidence to base the grade on. This makes your students’ assessed grades more reliable .It is also why it is important that live assessments are completed in some units this academic year, even though in our proposals a reduced number in total is being permitted in many cases.
We have completed work that was due to be submitted in summer 2020, should we submit it for moderation during 2020/21?
If your students have already completed or partially completed moderated units that you were planning to submit in summer 2020 (but you could not do so because moderation was cancelled), you may wish to submit them once moderation resumes in November. If you choose to do this, the work for moderation must be completed and marked (partially completed units cannot be submitted).
This would allow your students to have another unit result, in addition to the unit(s) they are going to take this year, to count towards their final grade. This will make the assessed grade they receive more reliable.
If we choose to submit units that are eligible for an assessed grade, which result will OCR use?
If you choose to submit the units during 2020/21 which were eligible for an assessed grade, we will use the best result between the summer 2020 assessed grade and the units you submit for moderation towards the final grade. (Assessed grades will be generated at the end of the course.)
What should we be teaching while we wait for the proposals to be confirmed?
In the draft proposals, we are offering as much flexibility as possible to teachers and learners. We also need to meet the requirements set by Ofqual and DfE so please remember that the approach we’ve outlined is still subject to feedback.
We’ll be communicating details of the reduction in assessments and our unit level adaptations to you as soon as we can. In the meantime, we’d repeat our advice to focus on mandatory assessments first, followed by optional assessments for any outstanding units to be taken this year.
Thank you for your patience while we finalise the details for you.
Does the January test unit entry deadline of 21 October still apply?
As you may be waiting for the proposals to be confirmed before making final decisions on January 2021 entries, in response to your feedback you can make entries until 2 November 2020 without incurring late entry fees.