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There are no terminal rules for Cambridge Nationals.
There are no resit rules for Cambridge Nationals (except Child Development, Enterprise and Marketing and Information Technologies – see below); candidates may resit units as many times as they wish. Centres simply need to make the required unit entries. The best result will then count towards certification.
To retake a Cambridge National qualification, candidates can resit all units or resit some units and re-use others. The best result for each unit will then count towards certification.
However, candidates may only re-enter for certification if they have retaken at least one unit which was used towards the first certification result or, where there are optional units, if they have taken another option. Candidates may not re-certificate with exactly the same unit results, whether for the purpose of getting all their subject grades on the same certificate or for any other reason.
If the certification entry is not made before results are issued, centres may use the post-results ‘late certification’ process.
The Cambridge Nationals in Science and Science in the Workplace include tiered externally assessed question papers at Level 1 and Level 2 with some overlapping questions, allowing candidates performing at the top of Level 1 to achieve a Pass grade at Level 2.
The entry option ‘A’ is used for the Level 1 tier and the entry option ‘B’ is used for the Level 2 tier. In the Level 1 tier option, the maximum uniform mark available will be equivalent to a bottom grade Pass at Level 2.
Candidates may certificate for the Award, Certificate and Diploma concurrently, or they may certificate for a qualification of one size and later certificate for a larger qualification, with the units used towards the first qualification being reused towards the subsequent qualification(s).
The ‘early entry’ rule is a rule that is applied to qualifications that count towards Key Stage 4 performance tables. It helps define which qualification will count when two qualifications which discount each other are taken by a learner or where the same qualification is taken more than once by a learner. For Cambridge Nationals the early entry date is the date we award the full qualification. Cambridge Nationals full qualifications can be claimed in a November, January or June series. Awarding takes place shortly after the series:
For Cambridge Nationals, it is the best grade of all units taken (including any resits or resubmissions) that counts towards the final grade, but it is the date of the award of the first overall certification result that is reported to the DfE and used for the performance tables. Note: Cambridge Nationals in Child Development, Enterprise and Marketing and Information Technologies restrict resits of the externally assessed unit to one resit before certification. This does not apply to the internally assessed units or other Cambridge National subjects (see below).
Full details of the discounting rules, the list of Key Stage 4 discount codes and the early entry guidance for schools can be found on the DfE website.
Changes have been made to the Cambridge National Certificate in ICT to ensure the certificate continues to satisfy the technical guidance for the Key Stage 4 performance tables for 2017 and beyond.
As there is some overlapping content between three of the optional units (the technical strand) and GCSE Computer Science, we have removed these units from the Cambridge Nationals Certificate in ICT. This means: