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7 September 2016 – The June 2016 series was the final assessment opportunity for several of OCR's ‘legacy’ GCSE, AS and A Level qualifications. In addition to the information on resit arrangements shown below, we have now published the specific resit arrangements for these qualifications.
When making your entries, you must plan carefully, taking the entry, certification and carry forward rules into consideration. You will need to check that:
You may find the sections below useful:
Following their public consultation, Ofqual published their consultation outcome regarding resits for ‘legacy’ GCSEs that will be expiring as part of the reform of general qualifications.
The consultation puts in place requirements for two resit opportunities for GCSEs in English, English Language and Mathematics, as well as one resit opportunity for GCSE Science.
The resit opportunities for English and Mathematics subjects are shown in the table below.
There are no resit opportunities available for English Literature (J360).
*Candidates wishing to resit Mathematics A (J562) after November 2016 are able to use the Mathematics B (J567) specification.
The following rules apply to students wishing to take resits in these qualifications:
Changes have been made to the operational end dates for the above GCSE Maths and English qualifications, to ensure the availability of funding for resit programmes in schools, colleges and other training organisations in the 2016/17 academic year.
These changes will not be immediately visible, but the Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency are planning to send an update to providers.
The final assessment opportunity for most GCSE science qualifications is June 2017.
The only exception is GCSE Environmental and Land-based Science, where the final assessment opportunity is June 2018.
We will provide a resit opportunity for the GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science qualifications (for both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ suites) in November 2017.
We will not be offering resit opportunities in any other GCSE subjects.
For GCSE and GCSE (Short Course), a 100% terminal rule applies. Candidates must enter for all their units in the series in which the qualification is certificated.
In specifications with both GCSE and GCSE (Short Course), the two qualifications can be certificated concurrently if all units are taken in the same series. Candidates who have claimed GCSE (Short Course) and decide to move on to the GCSE from the same specification will need to retake all of the GCSE (Short Course) units alongside the additional units required for GCSE. The new results for the units that have been retaken will then be used to calculate the GCSE grade. Any results previously achieved cannot be re-used.
We strongly advise you make certification entries for your candidates by the final entry deadlines, and before results are released at the latest. However, if you have not made a certification entry, you may use the post-results late certification process up until the closing date for this service.
For GCSE (Double Award), where a candidate is taking a GCSE (Double Award) for the first time and where they have not previously been awarded the GCSE from the same specification, a 100% terminal rule applies. Candidates must be entered for all their units in the series in which the qualification is certificated.
Candidates who have already been awarded the GCSE and decide to move on to the GCSE (Double Award) from the same specification have three options available to them for certification of the double award:
Candidates must choose which of these options they want to follow before entries for the double award are made. All new and retaken units must be entered in the series in which the double award is certificated.
In specifications with both GCSE and GCSE (Double Award), the two qualifications can be certificated concurrently if all units are taken in the same series.
Candidates may enter for legacy GCSE, GCSE (Short Course) and GCSE (Double Award) qualifications an unlimited number of times.
Where a candidate retakes a qualification, all units must be re-entered and all externally assessed units must be retaken in the same series as the qualification is re-certificated. The new results for these units will be used to calculate the new qualification grade. Any results previously achieved cannot be re-used.
For controlled assessment units, candidates who are retaking a qualification can choose one of the following options.
For further details about carrying forward controlled assessment, including examples of permitted combinations, see the following document: GCSE Controlled Assessment Carry Forward Rules from the June 2014 series: FAQs for centres
Many legacy GCSE units are tiered and, where this is the case, the entry option ‘F’ is used for the Foundation tier and the entry option ‘H’ for the Higher tier. The Higher tier option is targeted at grades A*–D and the Foundation tier option is targeted at grades C–G. In the Foundation tier option, the maximum uniform mark available will be equivalent to a top grade C. In tiered subjects, candidates may take different units at different tiers.
GCSE English, English Language, Religious Studies and the Science suites have common units across different specifications or certification titles.
Where two certifications of the same size have a common unit, these two qualifications cannot be certificated in the same series, as both qualifications have a 100% terminal rule and a single result is only allowed to count towards one qualification of a given size.
Where a controlled assessment unit is common to more than one certification, a result for the controlled assessment unit that has been used towards one qualification cannot be carried forward for use in a different qualification. Controlled assessment unit results can only be carried forward for use in a retake of the same qualification, except for GCSE English (J350) and GCSE English Language (J355) (see the Entry Codes booklet for further information).