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OCR’s AS and A Level Applied Science qualifications are being withdrawn in June 2018. This is part of the government reform of general qualifications. The AS and A Level Applied Sciences are being withdrawn due to similar and overlapping content to the new reformed separate AS and A Level qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The final assessment opportunity will be the June 2018 series. We will continue to support and assess these qualifications up to the conclusion of the final assessment series, as shown below.
For centres looking for an alternative course to replace the GCE Applied Science qualifications, we would recommend our new Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Laboratory Skills. These qualifications were launched for first teaching in September 2016 and will allow your students to achieve their potential and progress to the next stage of their education, whether it be Higher Education, an apprenticeship, or employment. With a wide range of centre-assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units, dependent on the size chosen, this qualification can either complement a Key Stage 5 study programme alongside other vocational qualifications, A Levels, or may constitute the bulk of a two-year study programme.
We would also recommend our new AS and A Level Science suite of qualifications:
These qualifications have been redeveloped for first teaching in September 2015 and offer a variety of approaches, content and assessment of Science. You can find more details on our Science qualifications on our subject page.
For further information on deadlines for submitting entries, entry amendments/withdrawals and the submission of marks for internal assessment please see the administration area of the website.
If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998 or email scienceGCE@ocr.org.uk.