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OCR is pleased to confirm our general and vocational qualification fees for 2013/14, effective from 1 September 2013.

As a not-for-profit organisation, OCR is committed to keeping fees down as much as possible. Intense investment in qualification development means we've had to apply a modest increase over 2012/13 fees to those qualifications we offer. For the fourth year running however, this increase is at or below the rate of inflation.

This Fees List is a dynamic document, regularly updated, as our qualification portfolio develops. Any qualification fee amendments/additions/deletions are recorded on the ‘Changes’ page at the back of the document for your information. To ensure you are viewing the latest available Fees List please ensure the document corresponds with the current version on our website. The Fees List version number and date of issue are detailed on the bottom right corner of each page.

In order to help schools and colleges to plan their budgets for next academic year, we are publishing our indicative 2014/15 GCE and GCSE fees well in advance of them coming into effect on the 1st August 2014.

For 2014/15, the price of a typical GCSE will rise from £29.40 to £31.80 for a 4 unit specification and £29.55 to £31.95 for a 3 unit / linear specification. OCR’s typical A Level fee will increase from £78.00 to £84.40 for a 4 unit specification while 6 unit specifications will rise from £90.00 to £97.20. Similar changes will apply to our vocational qualifications though we are confident that all our fees will remain highly competitive.

It is likely that the cost of exams for schools and colleges will decrease overall as a proportion of budget, because of the return to linear assessment, a reduction in re-sit opportunities and changes to accountability measures.

As a not-for-profit organisation, any financial surplus OCR receives from examination fees is re-invested in development of our qualifications and support. This is particularly important at a time of unprecedented qualification reform and an expansion in technology-driven advances.

For 2014/15, OCR will also introduce differential pricing for selected GCSE and A Level subjects. The majority of our qualifications will remain at a standard, non-differentiated price. However a higher charge will apply to those qualifications with low uptake, disproportionately higher operating costs, or a combination of both. This will enable OCR to come closer to covering the costs of those few qualifications and to securing their future if there is customer demand.

If you have any queries or feedback about these changes, you can contact us via general.qualifications@ocr.org.uk; we would be delighted to hear from you.