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July 2014

GCSE Computing (from 2012) - UPDATE

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Teachers of J275 GCSE Computing
  • Date: July 2014
  • Subject: Re: J275 GCSE Computing: Units A452 and A453 Controlled assessment

The availability of model answers to live controlled assessment tasks for two units of GCSE Computing J275 on a number of public websites means OCR has had to act so that the assessment is not compromised and all students receive the results they deserve.

One course of action that OCR follows if sensitive information such as this is available is to ask public websites to remove the information as soon as possible. After a school got in touch last week to raise its concerns, OCR reviewed the options in line with regulatory requirements.

We have now completed that review - and while there is no suggestion of widespread malpractice - we have to act to avoid the slightest possibility that one candidate could gain an unfair advantage over another. As a result, we have decided that with immediate effect OCR will withdraw the existing controlled assessment tasks and will be replacing them for the next academic year on Interchange by 15 September 2014. To avoid penalising the vast majority of hard-working students and teachers, those candidates who have completed or just started their controlled assessment tasks with entries in June 2015 will still be able to submit their work. Schools and colleges will however be asked to submit the names of their candidates and the tasks for each unit by the end of September, and we will be in touch over the coming weeks with further details. OCR’s examiners will be extra vigilant when overseeing the marking process and will use a range of tools to ensure that no candidate has gained an unfair advantage.

We apologise for the disruption caused by this decision, and for an earlier communication posted in error on our website on Friday before today’s decision was reached.

For answers to common questions, please download our FAQs below.

If you have any queries about this notice, please contact the Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

Administration (Business Professional) suite

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer /Head of Business and Administration
  • Date: July 2014
  • Subject: Administration (Business Professional) Suite

Further extension to qualification end dates

Please note that the last entry date for the Administration (Business Professional) suite has been extended to 31 August 2015..

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

Basic Skills Entry Level qualification suite

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers /Heads of Department
  • Date: July 2014
  • Subject: Basic Skills Entry Level Qualification Suite Last Certification Date

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

Business Skills qualification suite

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers /Heads of Department
  • Date: July 2014
  • Subject: Outgoing Business Skills Qualification Suite Last Certification Date

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

Coaching and Mentoring qualification suite

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers /Heads of Department
  • Date: July 2014
  • Subject: Coaching and Mentoring Qualification Suite Last Certification Date

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

Contact Centre Professionals & Contact Centre Operations (Level 1) qualification suites

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers /Heads of Department
  • Date: July 2014
  • Subject: Contact Centre Professionals & Contact Centre Operations (Level 1) Qualification Suites Last Certification Date

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

Employability Skills qualifications (2009/10 suite)

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers /Head of Department of Employability
  • Date: July 2014
  • Subject: Outgoing Employability Skills qualifications (2009/10 suite) last certification dates

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

Entry Level Citizenship

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers /Heads of Department
  • Date: July 2014
  • Subject: Outgoing Entry Level Citizenship qualification (Scheme 03326) last certification date

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

GCE History B (H108/H508)

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Examinations Officers and Heads of Department - History
  • Date: June 2014
  • Subject: OCR GCE History B (H108/H508)

You may already have received a letter or an email about this specification. To ensure that all centres that may be teaching or about to teach this specification are aware of this important information, we have released this update as a Notice to Centres, in order to reach all relevant Heads of Department and Examinations Officers.

After running two History A Levels for the last six years, OCR has reluctantly decided that it will not submit a new draft specification for History B for accreditation as part of its wider programme of qualification reform.

This means that the current GCE History B specification will be available to teach in September 2014 but not beyond and the last assessment for this specification will be in June 2016. We will confirm the situation regarding resit opportunities once Ofqual has confirmed with all awarding bodies the arrangements for resits of qualifications ending in 2016.

OCR will be formally withdrawing GCE History B from the Ofqual list of accredited qualifications, in line with Ofqual’s Conditions of Recognition, using the final assessment opportunity dates above. We will take all reasonable steps to protect the interests of Learners in relation to this qualification and its withdrawal.

While this is disappointing news for many, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your dedication and commitment in supporting this distinctive A Level over a number of years. We also hope you will consider the benefits of transferring to a new broader single specification – GCE History A – that, once accredited, will encompass the approach and interests favoured by users of our current History B specification.

The major reason for the decision not to offer a reformed GCE History B qualification for 2015 is low uptake. The present GCE History B entry numbers have remained stubbornly low (under 1200 candidates) over the last five years, despite much input and support from ourselves and the wider History community, and there is no evidence to show that numbers will grow. This figure compares poorly with the numbers taking History A which are over 12,000 and rising. There are also some technical challenges and compromises involved in making a new ‘co-teachable’ History B specification and the development of this qualification comes at a time of the enormous commitment and cost of the largest programme of qualification reform in a generation. Although OCR is a ‘not for profit’ organisation, we are forced to make hard choices in the current climate and the expense of offering a second specification given its relatively poor reach is no longer justifiable.

We are determined to offer history teachers and students choice through our new and expanded History A specification. Once accredited for teaching from 2015, History A will offer over 58 topics, including some exciting new options which have never featured on an A Level specification before.

OCR will be concentrating its efforts on supporting and managing the single new History A specification. Our history team will be contacting schools to offer support in transferring to the new GCE History A specification for September 2015. We will offer every support to schools wishing to make this transition, including detailed mapping documents to the closest equivalent History A topics (for those who want to preserve their content choices and resources), specially-produced transition guides on changing the teaching approach, and comprehensive guidance on the requirements of the History A qualification. We will also be offering free INSET specifically for schools making this transition.

We would like to take this opportunity to confirm that we are committed to supporting the current GCSE A (SHP) specification and to redeveloping this in line with the timetable for GCSE reform. Once again, we regret having had to reach this decision and appreciate the impact on your school. If you have further queries, please contact us at history@ocr.org.uk or call us on 01223 553998 to speak to Mike Goddard or Grant Robertson of the History team.

Health and Social Care Diplomas

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer /Head of Department/Head IQA
  • Date: 20 June 2014
  • Subject: Health and Social Care Diplomas Update

Withdrawal of Emergency First Aid unit and extension of the Health and Social Care Diplomas

Scheme codes: 05923, 05924, 05925 & 05926

It has not been possible to extend the Emergency first aid skills unit, as The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health have recommended that all awarding organisations remove it from their qualifications. This unit will be withdrawn from the suite of qualifications from November 2014:

  • Emergency first aid skills (Y/600/1250)

You may continue to deliver this unit up to November 2014. However, you will not be able to make claims for this unit after 30 November 2014. To ensure that you are able to certificate this unit, final claims must be confirmed via DCS or External Verification processes prior to this deadline. We will update all relevant documentation to this effect.

Note: the end date of 30 November 2014 applies only to Emergency first aid skills (Y/600/1250)

We would also like to confirm that the qualification end date for the above qualifications has been extended to 31 December 2016 (with the exception of the above unit). If this unit is not included in your programme of learning then you do not need to take any action and can continue to deliver this suite to your learners.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 024 7685 1509.

Legacy Learning and Development qualification suite

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers /Heads of Department
  • Date: July 2014
  • Subject: Legacy Learning and Development Qualification Suite Last Certification Date

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

Legacy OCR Nationals

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers /Heads of Department
  • Date: July 2014
  • Subject: Legacy OCR Nationals last certification date

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

Legacy Retail Skills qualification suite

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers /Heads of Department
  • Date: July 2014
  • Subject: Legacy Retail Skills Qualification Suite (Level 3) Last Certification Date

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

Legacy Sport and Leisure qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers /Heads of Department
  • Date: July 2014
  • Subject: Legacy Sport and Leisure Qualifications (schemes 05948 & 05949) Last Certification Date

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

Legacy Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties qualification suite

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers /Heads of Department
  • Date: July 2014
  • Subject: Legacy Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties Qualification Suite Last Certification Date

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

Life and Living Skills

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers
  • Date: 13 June 2014
  • Subject: Life and Living Skills Update

Extension of the Life and Living Skills suite and withdrawal of two units

Scheme codes affected: 10160-10172 and 10181-10183

Suite extension

We confirm that the qualification end date for the above qualifications has been extended to 31 December 2015 (with the exception of two units – see below). If these units are not included in your programme of learning then you do not need to take any action and can continue to deliver this suite to your learners.

We are currently reviewing the Life and Living Skills Suite in order to better meet the needs of our centres; we will contact you shortly with more information on this. If you are interested in being involved in consultation for this review then please email your details to contactusLLS@ocr.org.uk

Unit withdrawal

It has not been possible to extend the following two units, due to regulatory requirements, so they are being withdrawn from this suite of qualifications from September 2015:

  • G2 Producing a product (H/501/6369)
  • N18 Investigating rights and responsibilities (J/501/6333)

You may continue to deliver these units. However, you will not be able to make claims for certification for these units after 30 September 2015. Please ensure that your learners have achieved these units prior to this date. We will update all relevant documentation to this effect.

Note: the end date of 30 September 2015 applies only to G2 and N18.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 024 7685 1509.

Text Processing (Business Professional) suite

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer /Head of Text Processing
  • Date: July 2014
  • Subject: Text Processing (Business Professional) Suite

Further extension to qualification end dates

Please note that the last entry date for the Text Processing (Business Professional) suite has been further extended to 31 March 2017. Further information will be available shortly.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

June 2014

GCSE Classical Greek

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Classics
  • Date: June 2014
  • Subject: GCSE Classical Greek (J291) and GCSE Classical Greek (Short Course) (J091)

Set texts for examination in June 2016

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

GCSE Science A (Twenty First Century)

Notice to centres

  • FAO: J241 21st Century Science
  • Date: June 2014
  • Subject: Removal of J241 (unit A144) Data Analysis Task: Wave speed

Unit code A144 data analysis task: Wave speed

It has come to our attention that there is a problem with the A144 data analysis task, Wave speed, for submission in 2015. As a result, this task has been withdrawn with immediate effect.

To be fair to all candidates, this task will no longer be valid for submission in June 2015. An alternative task will be uploaded onto OCR Interchange as soon as possible.

If your candidates have already completed this task, this will not be valid. They will unfortunately have to complete the alternative task or one of the other data analysis tasks for submission in June 2015.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of this issue.

If you have any queries about this notice, please contact the Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

Business Administration Apprenticeships

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Business Administration Tutors
  • Date: June 2014
  • Subject: Business Administration update

New developments, extensions and withdrawals information

OCR will launch new apprenticeship qualifications in Business Administration on 1 September 2014.

At Levels 2 and 3, the apprenticeship qualifications will combine the knowledge and competence components of the frameworks, meaning that there will be a single qualification per level, made up of both knowledge and competence units. Framework components at Level 4 will remain as separate competence and knowledge qualifications.

As a result of the newly-developed apprenticeship qualifications, the following changes to our pan-sector qualifications have been made:

New Apprenticeship qualifications

The New Apprenticeship qualifications detailed on the table below are due to be launched on 1 September 2014. At Levels 2 and 3, these will replace the existing, separate competence and knowledge qualifications as apprenticeship framework components from this date. At Level 4 a new NVQ qualification has been developed and will directly replace the existing NVQ on the framework. The existing OCR Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administration (10337) will continue to be included as the knowledge component on the higher framework.

If you are enrolling apprenticeship candidates on apprenticeship qualifications in Business Administration after 31 August 2014, they must be enrolled on the new qualifications identified.

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

Customer Service Apprenticeships

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Customer Service Tutors
  • Date: June 2014
  • Subject: Customer Service update

New developments, extensions and withdrawals information

OCR will launch new apprenticeship qualifications in Customer Service on 1 September 2014.

At Levels 2 and 3, the apprenticeship qualifications will combine the knowledge and competence components of the frameworks, meaning that there will be a single qualification per level, made up of both knowledge and competence units.

As a result of the newly-developed apprenticeship qualifications, the following changes to our Customer Service qualifications have been made:

New Apprenticeship qualifications

The New Apprenticeship qualifications detailed on the table below are due to be launched on 1 September 2014. These will replace the existing, separate competence and knowledge qualifications as apprenticeship framework components from this date.

If you are enrolling apprenticeship candidates on apprenticeship qualifications in Customer Service after 31 August 2014, they must be enrolled on the new qualifications identified.

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

Management and Leadership Apprenticeships

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Management and Leadership Tutors
  • Date: June 2014
  • Subject: Management and Leadership update

New developments, extensions and withdrawals information

OCR will launch new apprenticeship qualifications in Management and Leadership on 1 September 2014.

At Levels 2 and 3, the apprenticeship qualifications will combine the knowledge and competence components of the frameworks, meaning that there will be a single qualification per level, made up of both knowledge and competence units. Framework components at Level 5 will remain as separate competence and knowledge qualifications.

As a result of the newly-developed apprenticeship qualifications, the following changes to our pan-sector qualifications have been made:

New Apprenticeship qualifications

The New Apprenticeship qualifications detailed on the table below are due to be launched on 1 September 2014. At Levels 2–3, these will replace the existing, separate competence and knowledge qualifications as apprenticeship framework components from this date. At Level 5 a new NVQ qualification has been developed and will directly replace the existing NVQ on the framework. The existing OCR Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership (10336) will continue to be included as the knowledge component on the higher framework.

If you are enrolling apprenticeship candidates on apprenticeship qualifications in Management and Leadership after 31 August 2014, they must be enrolled on the new qualifications identified.

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

GCSE Latin

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Classics
  • Date: June 2014
  • Subject: GCSE Latin (J281) and GCSE Latin (Short Course) (J081) - Set texts for examination in 2016 and 2017

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

Text Processing

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Course Tutors and Programme Managers in Business & Administration
  • Date: May 2014
  • Subject: Sessions for Text Processing 2014–2015

Reminder: Revisions to sessions for Screen Reader, Legal Audio-Transcription and Welsh Text Processing

Autumn 2014: OCR screen reader and legal audio-transcription units

Please note that there will be no Autumn 2014 series for the following units:

Entry code Qualification title
00003 Text Production – Screen Reader Entry Level 3
00004 Text Production – Screen Reader Level 1
00005 Text Production – Screen Reader Level 2
00007 Text Production – Screen Reader Level 3
06980 Legal Audio-Transcription Level 2

Summer 2015: OCR Welsh Text Processing

Please note that in 2015, there will only be one session available for the Welsh Text Processing units (listed below). This will be in Spring 2015. There will be no Summer 2015 session.

Entry code Qualification title
03945 Cynhyrchu Testun Level 1
03947 Cynhyrchu Testun Level 2
03949 Cynhyrchu Testun Level 3
03946 Prosesu Geiriau Level 1
03948 Prosesu Geiriau Level 2
04606 Prosesu Geiriau Level 3

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509.

Vocational (NVQ) Languages qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer/Head of Department for Languages
  • Date: May 2014
  • Subject: Changes to OCR Vocational (NVQ) Languages qualifications provision

We have reviewed our vocational languages qualification provision. In the light of changes in market demand and funding arrangements, OCR has taken the decision to extend French, German, Spanish and Welsh vocational language suites and to withdraw from provision of our remaining vocational language subjects.

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

May 2014

Posting scripts back for the June 2014 series

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers
  • Date: May 2014
  • Subject: Posting scripts back for the June 2014 series

In order to avoid scripts going missing and results being delayed, here is our advice when returning scripts, particularly when two papers have been sat in the same slot:

  • For candidates with Special Requirements, please ensure that you double check which unit the candidate has sat before filling in the cover sheet.
  • Please take care when you package the scripts into the return envelopes. It is very important that each unit goes into a separate envelope, correctly labelled with the corresponding unit number, so that we can scan the barcodes on the envelopes and keep track of the scripts.
  • If candidates are completing two papers in the same slot, please ensure that you only give out one question paper and one answer booklet for the allocated time. Once you have collected these, hand out the second paper and second answer booklet. Please remember that if candidates answer both papers in one answer booklet, centres will be investigated for potential malpractice and students may not receive a grade for their paper.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

All moderated and verified qualifications - Data Protection Act

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Centre Assessors/Internal Quality Assurance Personnel/Head of Department
  • Date: May 2014
  • Subject: All moderated and verified qualifications

Data Protection Act and candidates’ evidence

Reminder for candidates producing evidence for moderated and verified qualifications

It is the centre’s responsibility to ensure that candidates comply with the Data Protection Act when producing evidence for summative assessment.

Candidates must not reference another individual’s personal details in any evidence produced for summative assessment. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that any evidence which includes another individual’s personal details is anonymised to comply with the Data Protection Act.

We will be adding this information to centre handbooks for new qualifications and all moderated and verified qualifications when they are reviewed.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509.

New Business Administration, Customer Service and Management & Leadership Apprenticeships - Update

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Business Administration, Customer Service and Management & Leadership Apprenticeship Tutors
  • Date: May 2014
  • Subject: Business Administration, Customer Service and Management & Leadership Apprenticeships

New Business Administration, Customer Service and Management & Leadership Apprenticeships

As advised in April, OCR have worked with Skills CfA to revise the following apprenticeship qualifications:

  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Management and Leadership.

The intention is that new apprenticeship qualifications will be available in each of these areas from 1 September 2014.

The new apprenticeship qualifications have been designed to meet the changing demands of apprenticeship frameworks. As such, at Levels 2–3, the revised qualifications will combine the knowledge and competence components of the frameworks. This means that, within each suite, there will be a single qualification per level, made up of both knowledge and competence units. Qualifications at Level 4 and above will remain as separate competence and knowledge qualifications.

If you are enrolling apprenticeship candidates on apprenticeship qualifications in any of these areas after 31 August 2014, they must be enrolled on the new qualifications. The existing, separate NVQ and knowledge qualifications will not be included on the apprenticeship frameworks after this date (with the exception of a small number of Level 4 and above knowledge qualifications which may still be appropriate).

New apprenticeship web pages will soon be available on the dedicated apprenticeship area of the OCR website. Please visit this area for regular updates, including draft units and rules of combination for each new qualification.

We are aware that many of our centres offer qualifications in these subjects to non-apprenticeship candidates. As such, we are still likely to offer stand-alone NVQs and knowledge qualifications in these areas from September 2014. Further updates regarding our intended non-apprenticeship provision from September 2014 will also be posted to the web pages as they become available.

You can sign up for email updates in these subjects to ensure that you receive direct updates via email, and join our social networks where regular updates are posted.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509.

Last entry/certification notification for vocational qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Business Administration, Customer Service and Management & Leadership Apprenticeship Tutors
  • Date: May 2014
  • Subject: Business Administration, Customer Service and Management & Leadership Apprenticeships

Are you aware of the last entry/certification notification for vocational qualifications?

The Last entry/certification notification for vocational qualifications is a list of vocational qualifications with last entry or certification dates coming up in the next six months. It also includes the dates for the last exam window/session/date for qualifications where this is applicable.

This notification can be found in the key dates and timetables section of the OCR website.

Regularly checking the latest version of this list will help you ensure your candidates are entered for qualifications before the last entry dates and that all certificates are claimed by the last certification dates. Please be aware that the final certification date is the last date that OCR will produce certificates. We therefore advise that centres plan for completion of all candidate assessments at least two months prior to these dates.

The Last entry/certification notification for vocational qualifications was formerly known as the Last entry/certification notification for post–19 qualifications. It has been renamed to clearly signpost the full range of qualifications included in this notice.

For information about OCR’s vocational provision, including updates on new and revised qualifications, please view the Vocational Education and Skills page of the OCR website.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509.

GCE Applied, GCE, GCSE and ELC Art & Design qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Heads of Art / Examination Officers
  • Date: May 2014
  • Subject: GCE Applied, GCE, GCSE and ELC Art & Design qualifications

OCR Art and Design GCE, GCSE and ELC: Key information and guidance for visiting moderation - June series 2014

This guidance has been issued in order to clarify and update the procedures and processes for the 2014 moderation of the above Art and Design qualifications.

Please ensure that this is read by all teachers that deliver OCR Art and Design qualifications in your centre. The guidance is to support teachers and centres in their effective administration of OCR Art and Design qualifications.

It is to be read in conjunction with the individual specification information, Instructions to Centres and relevant Teacher’s Handbook available on the relevant qualification pages of the OCR website.

Much of the process will remain exactly the same as that given for June 2013. You should continue to make entries and submit marks to OCR and your Visiting Moderator by the required date. Arrangements for the visit can be discussed with you Moderator. Work should be set out in rank order, by individual unit for GCE, GCSE and for ELC by component for the moderation to take place.

On the initial telephone conversation to arrange the visit, the moderator will run through a series of checks, to ensure that all the correct paperwork has been sent to OCR. The moderator will then arrange the date for the visit. Whilst every attempt will be made to be accommodating, the demands of the brief moderation period require the moderator to inform the centre of the time and date of availability. Your moderator will then email the sample required and confirm the date and time of the visiting moderation. This email will be sent to your centre’s official email address.

Team Leaders or Senior Moderators will accompany the visiting moderator in selected centres as part of the OCR quality assurance process. On occasion, it may be necessary for a senior moderator to undertake a follow-in visit. You will be informed of this by your visiting moderator or Senior Moderator. The Team Leaders or Senior Moderators will also choose work for either the Grade Award or training and educational purposes in accordance to the JCQ and Ofqual requirements for all awarding bodies. Only one unit of work per candidate will be chosen. The UPS courier service will be used to collect work. This is very simple and clear to use, and your moderator will be able to give guidance where necessary.

It is expected that all candidates will photograph their work where appropriate to create an e-portfolio for reference purposes when applying to College and University. This will also assist centres to build centre resources. Further guidance is available on the relevant qualification pages of the OCR website. Please note that Candidate Permission forms are no longer required (see JCQ instructions to awarding bodies).

On completion of the moderation visit, your moderator will no longer give an abbreviated verbal report to one designated member of staff. This is to fulfil the Ofqual Code of Practice for all Awarding Bodies for GCE, GCSE and ELC qualifications. The Centre Report, which will be sent to centre when results are issued, will consist of the moderator’s findings with regard to the sample seen, observations and scaling, the moderation display, the overall trend within the centre. It will also inform the centre of how and when to access the advice, support and training available, including how to contact the Subject Specialist and Subject Area Support (SAS) team for Art and Design specifications.

The Moderator will notify OCR of the outcome of the moderation. Centres will receive the outcome of moderation and the enhanced written report of the moderation in the August release of results.

All centres have the right to request a review of moderation post results through the formal Enquiries about Results (EAR) procedure. This follows the JCQ guidelines for centres and awarding bodies. Details can be found on the JCQ website, or in the OCR Admin guide and entry codes: 14-19 qualifications available to download via the OCR website.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

Level 3 Certificate in Quantitative Methods (MEI)

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer/Head of Mathematics
  • Date: May 2014
  • Subject: UCAS Tariff for Level 3 Certificate in Quantitative Methods (MEI)

We are pleased to announce that OCR’s Level 3 Certificate in Quantitative Methods (MEI) has received the following UCAS tariff points:

Grade UCAS tariff points
A 20
B 17
C 14
D 11
E 7

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

Revised basedata for June 2014

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer
  • Date: May 2014
  • Subject: June 2014 basedata

Revised basedata for June 2014

We have updated the General Qualifications basedata files for the June 2014 series to include the QN codes in the Option file for GCSE English J350 and GCSE English Language J355 units and certification.

The updated files (Issue 4) are available from the OCR website and should be downloaded in the usual way to ensure your management information system is up to date. Please note that downloading the basedata again will not affect any data already sent to OCR.

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

Creative iMedia Levels 1, 2 and 3

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Creative iMedia Tutors
  • Date: May 2014
  • Subject: Live assignments for Creative iMedia levels 1, 2 and 3

Live assignments for Creative iMedia levels 1, 2 and 3 (entry codes 04304–04312)

All OCR live assignments for the Creative iMedia suite Levels 1–3 have been reviewed. This is to ensure that the assignment tasks are consistent with the full range of assessment criteria for each unit.

Please note that for all future submissions, the updated assignments must be used and centres must destroy copies of the previous versions. Changes are as follows:

Level 3 live assignments: In general, many of these had an extra task in the evaluation section. This required learners to 'Provide an explanatory narrative on the creation process, identifying for example key stages, tools and techniques used'. This is not a separate assessment criterion in any unit and therefore it has been removed. In a similar way, several units were asking for slightly more in the tasks than was required by the assessment criteria – these too have been amended.

Important information about Units 304 and 305

Unit 304: There have been changes made to the OCR live assignment for Unit 304. A version had been available on OCR Interchange where there was an inconsistency against the criteria that related to Learning Outcome 1 and 2. This version has now been replaced in OCR Interchange with an amended assignment.

Unit 305: The assessment criteria for 4.3 and 4.4 for Unit 305 refer to a 3D character. The learning outcome is in the context of evaluating the 3D effects against a client brief for sound effects – so 3D characters are for sound. This version has now been replaced in OCR Interchange with an amended assignment, reflecting that the assessment criteria concerns 3D sound.

If your candidates are part way through an assignment, you must make sure their evidence meets the assessment criteria in the unit (please note our instruction about Unit 305 above). Where centres create their own assignments, it is the centres’ responsibility to ensure that their assignments still meet the requirements of the assessment criteria or learners are at risk of not evidencing the unit fully.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509.

GCE English Literature

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of English Department
  • Date: May 2014
  • Subject: Set texts for GCE English Literature

Please be advised that OCR will not be issuing a new list of set texts for A Level English Literature in 2014. Due to the timetable for General Qualifications Reform, we will continue with the current lists of set texts until the end of the life of this specification.

The new GCE English Literature specification will be available for first teaching from 2015. We anticipate accreditation from Ofqual by September 2014, at which point draft versions of the new specification, along with new set text lists, will be available on the OCR website.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

Withdrawal of selected OCR Learning, Development and Support Services (LDSS) qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Department /Centre Manager Health & Social Care
  • Date: April 2014
  • Subject: Withdrawal of selected OCR Learning, Development and Support Services (LDSS) qualifications

Following a review of our qualification offer in the light of falling market demand, OCR has reluctantly decided to withdraw selected Learning, Development and Support Services qualifications. OCR will of course continue to support and assess the qualifications up to the final certification date.

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

April 2014

Essential Skills Wales and Wider Key Skills (Wales) qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer/ Head of Department for Skills
  • Date: April 2014
  • Subject: Future of OCR Essential Skills Wales and Wider Key Skills (Wales) qualifications

Text Processing - Revision to sessions for 2014-2015

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Course Tutors and Programme Managers in Business & Administration
  • Date: April 2014
  • Subject: Sessions for Text Processing 2014-2015

Revisions to sessions for screen reader, legal audio-transcription and welsh text processing

Autumn 2014: OCR screen reader and legal audio-transcription units

Please note that there will be no Autumn 2014 series for the following units:

Entry code Qualification title
00003 Text Production – Screen Reader Entry Level 3
00004 Text Production – Screen Reader Level 1
00005 Text Production – Screen Reader Level 2
00007 Text Production – Screen Reader Level 3
06980 Legal Audio-Transcription Level 2

Summer 2015: OCR Welsh Text Processing

Please note that in 2015, there will only be one session available for the Welsh Text Processing units (listed below). This will be in Spring 2015. There will be no Summer 2015 session.

Entry code Qualification title
03945 Cynhyrchu Testun Level 1
03947 Cynhyrchu Testun Level 2
03949 Cynhyrchu Testun Level 3
03946 Prosesu Geiriau Level 1
03948 Prosesu Geiriau Level 2
04606 Prosesu Geiriau Level 3

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509.

Qualification update for Business and Administration, Customer Service and Management/Team Leading qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers
  • Date: April 2014
  • Subject: Qualification update for Business and Administration, Customer Service and Management/Team Leading qualifications

Revisions to Business and Administration, Customer Service and Management/Team Leading qualifications

OCR are currently working with Skills CfA to revise the following vocational qualification suites:

  • Business and Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Management and Leadership.
  • The intention is that new qualifications will be available in each of these areas from 1 September 2014.

    The Skills CfA-led revisions are focusing on qualifications designed to meet the changing demands of Apprenticeship frameworks. As such, it is intended that at Levels 1–3, revised qualifications will combine the knowledge and competence components of the frameworks. This means that within each suite there will be a single qualification per level, made up of both knowledge and competence units (with both types of unit being included in the mandatory group). Qualifications at Level 4 and above are likely to remain as separate competence and knowledge qualifications.

    The revision and quality assurance process for these qualifications is currently underway and we will make the revised units available on our web pages as soon as final versions become available. Please visit our qualification webpages for further updates regarding the units and accreditation timescales:

    Vocational Qualifications (QCF, NVQ, NQF) - Administration

    Vocational Qualifications (QCF, NVQ, NQF) - Business

    We are aware that many of our centres offer qualifications in these subjects to non-apprenticeship candidates. We have sent a survey asking for your views on suitable qualifications for these candidates moving forwards. Further updates regarding our intended non-apprenticeship provision from September 2014 will also be posted to the qualification webpages as they become available. It is likely that we will continue to offer both competence and knowledge qualifications suitable for non-apprenticeship candidates.

    Please sign up for email updates in these subjects to ensure that you receive direct updates via email. You can also join our social networks where regular updates are posted.

    If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509.

Change to moderation sampling sizes

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers
  • Date: April 2014
  • Subject: Change to moderation sampling sizes

Cambridge Nationals - Change to moderation sampling and visiting arrangements

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers
  • Date: April 2014
  • Subject: Change to moderation sampling and visiting arrangements for Cambridge Nationals

Please note that from the June 2014 series onwards there will be a change to the number of samples of candidate work we request for moderation purposes.

The following details show the total sample sizes which will be requested:

No. candidates for the unit at the centre Total sample size requested
1-10 All
11-100 Up to 15
101-200 20
More than 200 25

For units moderated by post and via the OCR Repository, this should reduce the frequency of any requests for additional samples, which we recognise have often been requested inconveniently late in the moderation process.

Due to the system changes required for this development, there is an important impact on Cambridge Nationals units which are to be assessed by visiting moderation. This will impact the June 2014 series only.

As these system changes are implemented, and in order to ensure that there is no detrimental effect on the moderation process, the sending of sample request emails and the main moderation visit window will take place later than planned.

You will not receive your sample request email immediately following the receipt of your marks for units moderated by visit (which are due by 31 March) – the sample request email will be sent when the main moderation window opens, which is now early May.

No visiting moderation for Cambridge Nationals will take place until after 15 May 2014. Your moderator will contact you over the next few weeks to arrange a mutually convenient date for your visit. If you have been contacted already and your agreed visit date falls before early May, your moderator will contact you again to rearrange your visit.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused regarding visiting arrangements this series.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

Withdrawal (advanced notice) of OCR Accreditation for Life and Living (ALL) and National Skills Profile (NSP) schemes

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Department/ Centre Manager
  • Date: March 2014
  • Subject: Withdrawal (advanced notice) of OCR Accreditation for Life and Living (ALL) and National Skills Profile (NSP) schemes

Following a review of our qualification offer in light of falling market demand, OCR has reluctantly decided to withdraw the ALL (00339) and NSP (00330) schemes. Due to the length of programme learners typically follow, two years advance notice is being given to centres.

Claims for certification for these schemes will not be available after 31 August 2016.

Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.

March 2014

GCSE English - Controlled assessment tasks

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of English
  • Date: March 2014
  • Subject: GCSE English - Controlled assessment tasks

Controlled assessment: Task validity and carrying forward of marks

  • J350 GCSE English
  • J355 GCSE English Language
  • J360 GCSE English Literature.

Following queries regarding the submission of controlled assessment tasks for the specifications listed above, we are clarifying the rules under the new linear assessment structure.

From June 2014 and for all subsequent examination series, all units must be entered at the end of the course when candidates are certificating. For controlled assessment units where prescribed tasks are set by OCR, such tasks are made available two years in advance of the relevant series (for instance, tasks for 2016 submissions will be made available in Summer 2014).

Centres must ensure that the controlled assessment tasks relate to the year in which the course is being completed. For instance, candidates intending to certificate in the June 2014 or November 2014 resit only examination series must submit responses to the 2014 controlled assessment tasks. Where tasks differ from unit to unit, even if the assessment criteria and mark schemes are identical (for instance, the Imaginative Writing essays in Unit A642 and Section B of Unit A651), the tasks attempted must be those set for the unit being entered.

The same is true of work produced for a different Awarding Body which uses the same marking criteria (for instance, work produced for AQA’s GCSE English controlled assessment). The work cannot simply be marked and submitted for OCR, as the prescribed tasks for any other Awarding Body will not be valid.

Responses to controlled assessment tasks for any other year, unit or Awarding Body will not be accepted and any marks relating to such tasks will not be credited towards certification. According to the JCQ Instructions for Conducting Controlled Assessment, it is the centre’s responsibility to ensure that work is completed on the appropriate set tasks:

"The centre must make arrangements for candidates to undertake the correct task. Awarding bodies will do all they can to protect candidates’ interests but in some cases it may not be possible to accept work based on the wrong task. Centres should therefore, take great care to ensure that they issue the correct task to candidates." (Section 3, p7).

The only exception to this is where candidates have previously certificated, are resitting externally assessed units and carrying forward controlled assessment marks from a previous series. In this instance, it is the uniform mark only which is carried forward. The actual work which originally produced the mark is not relevant to the series in which the carry forward entry is made.

Candidates can only carry forward the result of a controlled assessment unit that has already been used towards their last certification of the same qualification. Please be aware that controlled assessment uniform marks may only be carried forward if they have been used for certification once already.

If candidates have previously certificated and are resitting externally assessed units and submitting new controlled assessment responses, their responses must be to the controlled assessment tasks for the examination series, unit and Awarding Body in which they are re-certificating. Should a fresh attempt be made (with the appropriate tasks) and used for certification, it will then be the uniform mark for that fresh attempt which may be carried forward for use in any future resit entries.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

Withdrawal of selected OCR Leadership for Health and Social Care (Wales and Northern Ireland) qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Department / Centre Manager Health & Social Care
  • Date: March 2014
  • Subject: Withdrawal of selected OCR Leadership for Health and Social Care (Wales and Northern Ireland) qualifications

Text Processing (Business Professional) suite

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Department / Centre Manager Health & Social Care
  • Date: March 2014
  • Subject: Extension to qualification end dates and change to unit numbers

The last entry and certification dates for the Text Processing (Business Professional) suite have been extended. The last date for entries for all the qualifications is now 31 December 2014.

Some of the unit reference numbers, provided by Ofqual, have also been updated. The content of the units remain unchanged and OCR’s systems recognise the ‘old’ and ‘new’ unit reference numbers as equivalents. You can therefore continue to make entries and claims as normal.

For more information, please see the PDF document below:

Employability Skills suite (10345–10350) - Update on support materials for 2013

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer / Employability Skills Tutors
  • Date: March 2014
  • Subject: Support materials for 2013 Employability Skills suite (10345–10350)

Candidate Evidence Booklets

When this qualification suite was launched in September 2013, OCR provided draft Candidate Evidence Booklets for those centres who wished to use them, as an interim before final booklets were launched. These draft booklets were removed and replaced by final versions on the OCR website in November 2013.

It is essential that the draft Candidate Evidence Booklets are not submitted to your OCR Moderator after Friday 14 March 2014. Draft booklets submitted after this date will not be accepted unless mapped to the Candidate Evidence Checklist as they will be moderated as alternative tasks.

Remember that centres wishing to use the Candidate Evidence Booklets may change any task, or part of a task, to make the context more appropriate for their learners. However, alternative tasks or naturally occurring candidate evidence must meet the assessment criteria and be accompanied by a Candidate Evidence Checklist. All evidence must be marked and internally assessed within the centre before submission. Centre assessors must use the OCR Assessment Guidance for the unit when assessing the work. Please see Section 5 of the Centre Handbook and the Introduction for Tutors in the Candidate Evidence Booklet for more information regarding the assessment of these qualifications. These are available to download on the qualification pages of the OCR website.

Unit 2 and Unit 10 income clarification

Please note that for Unit 2 Learning to be financially aware and Unit 10 Learning to be financially capable (Assessment Criterion 3.1) the teacher/tutor may provide learners with information in order for the learner to identify their total income for one week, but the learner needs to identify their own total income independently.

The Tutor may provide information to learners regarding income possibilities. For example, which benefits they may receive, or list alternative income possibilities, such as pocket money or a Saturday job. The learner can use the information provided in order to identify their own income. The figure itself should not be provided by the Tutor, as currently stated in the Teaching Content of the units. This announcement also applies to the outgoing Employability Skills qualifications (10178–10180 and 00017–00019) for Units 2 and 10 Learning to be financially capable.

Free Resources

The Employability Skills suite of qualifications has a wide selection of free resources available, including delivery guides, lesson elements and resources links. Please visit the OCR website to find out more.

Professional Development

Visit our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hub to download more free resources, watch a webinar or book on to a face to face event for Employability Skills, at: www.cpdhub.ocr.org.uk.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509.

February 2014

BBC WebWise assessments

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers / ITQ and CLAiT International tutors / Programme Manager / Head of Department
  • Date: February 2014
  • Subject: BBC WebWise assessments

Revised BBC Webwise assessments now available on Interchange

The BBC WebWise e-assessments were removed from their website at the end of 2013. OCR is pleased to advise that we have been granted a licence to offer these e-assessments, with effect from 1 February 2014.

The assessments are based on the resources available on the BBC website, which will continue to be available.

There are three assessments for each of the four units available. These have been uploaded to OCR Interchange and can be found under ‘CLAiT & ITQ’ > ‘Computer based assessment’.

The assessments can be downloaded and completed on-screen, or completed as a paper-based submission. Currently, OCR does not have the full digital version available, but if the assessments are completed on-screen, the candidate answers for the multiple-choice section update to a summary sheet for easy marking. The assessments must be sat under controlled conditions.

Centres will now be required to send (either electronically or paper-based), both the completed script and the centre-marked summary sheet as evidence to the moderator. An evidence checklist will not be required. Only candidates who have achieved 100% for each unit should be submitted. Candidates for CLAiT International may only submit WebWise assessments (‘Using Email’ and ‘Using the Internet’), as evidence for CLAiT Level 1 Unit 8.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509.

Basedata January 2014

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer
  • Date: February 2014
  • Subject: January 2014 basedata

Revised basedata file for January 2014: FSMQ, Level 3 certificate, Principal Learning, Project, Entry level certificate, Level 1/2 certificate, Level 2 award, Cambridge Nationals.

Following feedback from centres regarding the omission of some discount codes for the basedata for the January 2014 series, we have updated the file to include the correct codes. The basedata file January 2014 series 1a - z1a14_03 has been updated and is available for you to download. It is the option file o1a14_01.X03 which has been updated.

The updated file is available from the basedata page and should be downloaded in the usual way to ensure your management information system is up to date. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this causes.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

Basedata June 2014

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer
  • Date: February 2014
  • Subject: June 2014 basedata

We have updated the General Qualifications basedata files for the June 2014 series. Please see below for the details of the updated files.

The updated files are available on the basedata page and should be downloaded in the usual way to ensure your management information system is up to date. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this causes.

June 2014 series 6a - z6a14_01: GCSE, Entry Level Certificate, Level 2 Award, Level 1 and 2 Certificate and Cambridge Nationals qualifications.

The basedata has been updated to include:

  • GCSE English and English Language
  • We have been working with Ofqual to confirm the arrangements for Speaking & Listening, following their confirmation that the marks will no longer contribute to the overall grade for GCSEs in English and English Language. We recognise that centres need to make entries and are issuing the basedata now to enable you to do this. Please note that some of the unit entry codes have changed, as detailed in the table below:
Qualification Old unit entry code New unit entry code/s
J350 GCSE English A643 A640
J355 GCSE English Language A652 A640 and A650
  • Please note that the QN codes for all GCSE English and English Language units and certification are currently not available. As soon as the codes are finalised with Ofqual, we will update the basedata and send an e-alert to centres with a link to download the latest version.
  • The OCR Admin Guide and Entry Codes: 14–19 Qualifications has been updated to include the new structure of these qualifications. Replacement pages are provided below – you may wish to update these in your hard copy Admin Guide.
  • The correct discount codes.
  • Updated entry fees for GCSE carry forward options.

June 2014 series 6b - z6b14_01: GCE, FSMQ, Level 3 Certificate, Principal Learning and Project qualifications.

The basedata has been updated to include:

  • The correct discount codes.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

QCF OCR Entry Level and Level 1 Certificates in Skills for Life, Living and Employment

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Department/Centre Manager
  • Date: February 2014
  • Subject: Withdrawal of OCR Entry Level and Level 1 Certificates in Skills for Life, Living and Employment qualifications

Withdrawal of OCR Skills for Life, Living and Employment qualifications

Following a review of our qualification offer in the light of falling market demand and changes to the funding regime, OCR has reluctantly decided to withdraw the Skills for Life, Living and Employment qualifications listed below.

OCR will of course continue to support and assess the qualifications up to the final certification dates.

Entry code Qualification title Qualification number Last date for entries Last certification date
10311 OCR Entry Level Certificate in Skills for Life, Living and Employment 600/5267/3 31/08/2014 31/08/2015
10312 OCR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Life, Living and Employment 600/5268/5 31/08/2014 31/08/2015

Please be aware that the last certification date is the final date OCR will produce certificates. Centres are therefore advised to plan for completion of all candidate assessment at least two months prior to this date.

OCR will continue to offer suitable alternative qualifications including Employability Skills, Personal Life Skills and Life and Living Skills. For further details, please visit the Vocational Qualifications section of the OCR website.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509.

QCF - Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Centre Co-ordinator/Teaching Support
  • Date: February 2014
  • Subject: Extension of OCR’s Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualifications

Extension of OCR's Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualifications

We are pleased to announce that the last entry dates for the following Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualifications have been extended to 31 December 2014 to allow time for a review of the national occupational standards that underpin these qualifications.

Entry code Qualification title Last date for entries Last certification date
04464 OCR Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools 31/12/2014 31/12/2016
04465 OCR Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools 31/12/2014 31/12/2016
04466 OCR Level 2 Certificate in Supporting the Wider Curriculum in Schools 31/12/2014 31/12/2016
04467 OCR Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools 31/12/2014 31/12/2017
04468 OCR Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools 31/12/2014 31/12/2017
04469 OCR Level 3 Certificate in Cover Supervision of Pupils in Schools 31/12/2014 31/12/2017
04470 OCR Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools 31/12/2014 31/12/2017

You may continue to enter candidates for these qualifications until the last entry date given above.

Please be aware that the last certification date is the final date OCR will produce certificates. Centres are therefore advised to plan for completion of all candidate assessment at least two months prior to this date.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

GCSE - Ancient History

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Classics/Head of History
  • Date: February 2014
  • Subject: GCSE Ancient History (J151) and GCSE Ancient History (Short Course) (J051)

Change to format of question papers for first examination June 2014

From the June 2014 series onwards, the units listed below will no longer be provided in the form of a combined question and answer booklet. Instead, there will be a question booklet and candidates will write their answer in a separate generic answer booklet.

Entry code Qualification title
A031 The Greeks at war
A032 The rise of Rome
A033 Women in ancient politics

Specimen papers are available on the OCR website to illustrate the format of the question papers at www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-ancient-history-j151-j051-from-2012.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

GCSE - Twenty First Century Science

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer/Head of Science
  • Date: February 2014
  • Subject: GCSE Twenty First Century Science A (J241) and Additional Science A (J242)

Change to question papers for June 2014 series - Removal of the mixed Science papers

After the conclusion of the summer 2013 series, OCR are no longer offering the mixed-science papers A141, A142 and A143 for GCSE Science A. All candidates certificating Science A from summer 2014 onwards will sit the A161, A171 and A181 question papers (separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics papers) in their terminal session. These will be coupled with the existing Controlled Assessment Unit A144 (Case Study and Practical Data Analysis).

Similarly, we will no longer offer the mixed-science papers A151, A152 and A153 for GCSE Additional Science A. All candidates certificating Additional Science A will sit the A162, A172 and A182 question papers (separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics papers) in their terminal session. These will be coupled with the existing Controlled Assessment Unit A154 (Practical Investigation).

As you are probably aware, all science GCSEs will be assessed using a 'linear' (i.e. 100% terminal) model from 2014 onwards. As a result, it will no longer be necessary to have two routes to GCSE Science A and two routes to GCSE Additional Science A, because candidates will sit all of the externally assessed units at the end of the course. Therefore, different teaching routes through the modules will no longer have any impact on the order in which candidates sit the examinations.

Another impact of the removal of mixed papers is that it will no longer be possible for candidates to certificate for a mixed science qualification (Science A, Additional Science A, Further Additional Science A) and any of the separate science qualifications (Biology A, Chemistry A, Physics A) in the same series. It will only be possible to certificate for Science A, Additional Science A and/or Further Additional Science A, or Biology A, Chemistry A and/or Physics A in the same series. It is still permissible to take Science A in Year 10 and then Additional Science or separate sciences in Year 11.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

Entry Level - Science

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer/Head of Department
  • Date: February 2014
  • Subject: R591 Entry Level Certificate in Science

Moderation

For the June 2014 series, a moderation sample will be requested from all centres making candidate entries for R591 Entry Level Certificate in Science.

Centre assessed marks and Centre authentication forms should be submitted to your moderator as per the normal moderation process. For details of this process, please refer to the OCR Admin guide and entry codes: 14-19 qualifications (including Cambridge Nationals) 2013/14. Section 7.11 of the Guide has been updated to reflect this information.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

A Level - Sciences

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer / Head of Science/ Biology/Chemistry/Geology/Physics
  • Date: February 2014
  • Subject: Changes to moderation tolerances and availability of task mark schemes for A Level Sciences coursework units

Strengthening the arrangements for GCE Sciences coursework units

Over the last few months, all Awarding Organisations have been working with the regulator, Ofqual, to strengthen the controls, moderation and administration in place for practical assessments for GCE science qualifications. These changes are intended to increase the level of confidence that we all can have in the validity of the outcomes for these assessments.

Changes will be introduced over the next six months to achieve the degree of strengthening which is necessary. These changes have been agreed with the regulator.

Moderation tolerance

Starting in the summer 2014 series, moderators will apply a slightly tighter tolerance for the following GCE coursework / practical skills units:

Subject Unit code/s
Biology F213 and F216
Human Biology F223
Chemistry A F323 and F326
Chemistry B F333
Geology F793 and F796
Physics A G483 and G486
Science G643

For each of these units, the moderator tolerance will reduce from three marks to two marks. This change is intended to improve the consistency with which the mark schemes / assessment criteria are applied across all centres. Centres should take note of this change when assessing and carrying out internal moderation of candidate work prior to submitting the centre marks to OCR in May 2014 and subsequent years.

Availability of mark schemes

In line with other Awarding Organisations we have agreed to delay the publication of the mark schemes for practical skills tasks from June until the following December. This will commence for tasks to be submitted in the 2015 series. The 2015 tasks and confidential teacher instructions will be published via the OCR secure Interchange website on 1 June 2014 as normal. We appreciate that teachers may be concerned about allowing candidates to undertake the assessment without being fully aware of the expected outcomes. To address this concern, and to ensure that practical procedures work in centres as intended, additional information or guidance may be given in the confidential teacher instructions. The mark schemes will be published on Interchange on 1 December 2014. It will still be permissible for centres to carry out the tasks at any time after publication and in advance of having access to the mark schemes.

This change will apply to the following GCE coursework / practical skills units:

Subject Unit code/s
Biology F213 and F216
Human Biology F223
Chemistry A F323 and F326
Chemistry B F333
Geology F793 and F796 (for centre-based and evaluative tasks only)
Physics A G483 and G486
Science G643 (for the practical task only)

This change is intended to provide more security for the confidential mark schemes.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

January 2014

Business and Administration

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Business and Administration Tutors
  • Date: January 2014
  • Subject: Change to entry deadline

Please note that the entry deadlines for the following qualifications have changed. The last date for entries for all of the following qualifications is now 31 August 2014.

Entry code Qualification title Qualification number
04702 OCR Level 1 NVQ Award in Business and Administration 500/9425/7
04703 OCR Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Business and Administration 500/9426/9
04704 OCR Level 2 NVQ Award in Business and Administration 500/9582/1
04705 OCR Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Business and Administration 500/9645/X
04706 OCR Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Business and Administration 500/9647/3
04707 OCR Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Business and Administration 500/9624/2
04708 OCR Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Business and Administration 500/9625/4
04709 OCR Level 4 NVQ Certificate in Business and Administration 500/9508/0
04438 OCR Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration 500/9750/7
04439 OCR Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration 500/9751/9

The OCR Admin Guide: Vocational Qualifications 2013/14 has been updated: www.ocr.org.uk/admin-guides.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

QCF Logistics

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Department/Centre Manager
  • Date: January 2014
  • Subject: Withdrawal of selected OCR Logistics qualifications

Following a review of our qualifications on offer, in the light of falling market demand and changes to the funding regime, OCR has reluctantly decided to withdraw the Logistics qualifications listed below.

OCR will of course continue to support and assess the qualifications up to the last certification date for these qualifications.

These qualifications affected are as follows:

Entry code Qualification title Last date for entries Last certification date
04419 OCR Level 2 Certificate in Warehousing and Storage 31 August 2014 31 August 2016
04420 OCR Level 3 Certificate in Logistics Operations 31 August 2014 31 August 2016*
09884 OCR Level 2 Award in Employee Rights and Responsibilities in the Logistics Industry 31 August 2014 31 August 2016

Please note that the last certification date for this qualification has been brought forward.

Please be aware that the last certification date is the final date OCR will produce certificates. Centres are therefore advised to plan for completion of all candidate assessment at least two months prior to this date.

Some of these qualifications form part of Intermediate and Advanced Level Apprenticeship Frameworks within the Logistics sector. Centres offering these apprenticeships will need to take these dates into account with their Apprenticeship candidates.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509.

QCF Text Processing

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer/Head of Text Processing
  • Date: January 2014
  • Subject: Text Processing (Business Professional) suite

Extension to qualification end dates and change to unit numbers

The last entry and certification dates for the Text Processing (Business Professional) suite have been extended. The last date for entries for all the qualifications is now 31 December 2014.

Some of the unit numbers, provided by Ofqual, have also been updated. The content of the units remain unchanged and OCR’s systems recognise the ‘old’ and ‘new’ unit numbers as equivalents. You can therefore continue to make entries and claims as normal.

The OCR Admin guide: Vocational qualifications 2013/14 has been updated to reflect these changes The qualification pages of the OCR website are currently being updated to include the new unit codes.

The new unit reference numbers are listed overleaf.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 024 76 851509.

QCF - IT

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer/Head of IT Department
  • Date: January 2014
  • Subject: Level 4 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals (10351)

New Level 4 procom competence qualification launched

The new OCR Level 4 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals (10351) is now accredited and live for entries.

It is assessed in the workplace and is suitable for candidates working in the IT and Telecoms sector.

This qualification:

  • Gives candidates the opportunity to acquire industry recognised IT skills and knowledge
  • Contains a wide range of units that can be selected to match the range of job roles available in the IT and Telecoms sector
  • Provides the competence element of the Level 4 IT, Software, Web &Telecoms Professionals Higher Apprenticeship
  • Can be taken in conjunction with the OCR Level 4 Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT to achieve the higher apprenticeship.

If you wish to apply for approval to offer this Level 4 verified qualification, please complete the centre approval form, which is available from the approvals page.

The OCR Admin guide: Vocational qualifications 2013/14 has been updated to include details of this qualification.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 024 76 851509

QCF - Preparing to Work with Children and Young People

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Department/Centre Manager
  • Date: January 2014
  • Subject: Withdrawal of OCR Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Preparing to Work with Children and Young People (01788 and 01789)

Withdrawal of qualifications

Following a review of our qualifications on offer, in the light of falling market demand and changes to the funding regime, OCR has reluctantly decided to withdraw the two qualifications listed below.

OCR will of course continue to support and assess the qualifications up to the last certification date for these qualifications.

The qualifications affected are as follows:

Entry code Qualification title Qualification number Last date for entries Last certification date
01788 OCR Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to work with Children and Young People 501/0706/9 30 June 2014 30 June 2017
01789 OCR Level 3 Diploma in Preparing to work with Children and Young People 501/0821/9 30 June 2014 30 June 2017

Please note that OCR will continue to offer suitable alternative qualifications including Children’s Care, Level 3 Learning and Development, and Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce. For more information on these qualifications please visit the qualification pages.

Please be aware that the last certification date is the final date OCR will produce certificates. Centres are therefore advised to plan for completion of all candidate assessment at least two months prior to this date.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509.

QCF - Administration

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer/Head of Business and Administration
  • Date: January 2014
  • Subject: Extension to qualification end date and change to unit numbers

The last entry and certification dates for the Administration (Business Professional) suite have been extended.

The Level 1 end dates will be updated in line with the other end dates when the Level 1 units have been reviewed by the CFA.

For more information, please see the PDF document below:

Other General Qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers
  • Date: January 2014
  • Subject: Resit rules for Level 2 Award and Level 1/2 Certificate

Correction to OCR admin guide and entry codes: 14-19 qualifications (including Cambridge nationals) 2013/14

The OCR Admin guide and entry codes: 14–19 qualifications (including Cambridge Nationals) 2013/14 has been updated with the correct information regarding resit rules for the Level 2 Award and Level 1/2 Certificate. This is now consistent with the information already provided in the specifications.

This information applies to three specifications only:

Entry code Qualification title
J930 Level 2 Award in Thinking and Reasoning Skills
J945 Level 1/2 Certificate in Living Texts
J948 Level 1/2 Certificate in Applied History

The OCR Admin Guide and Entry Codes: 14–19 Qualifications has been updated to include details of the following rules for the Level 2 Award and Level 1/2 Certificate:

  • Unit resit rules before certification
  • Rules for retaking a qualification.

Replacement pages are provided below with details of these changes. You may wish to update these in your hard copy Admin Guide. Please replace the current pages 13 and 14 with the new pages 13, 13A and 14 below.

You can find the latest version on the Admin guides page.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

December 2013

OCR Level 5 Diploma in Management NVQ (03368): Withdrawal of Qualification

Notice to centres

  • FAO: The Team Leading and Management Tutor
  • Date: December 2013
  • Subject: OCR Level 5 Diploma in Management NVQ (03368)

QCF CPC

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers/CPC Trainers
  • Date: December 2013
  • Subject: Update CPC syllabus and guide now available

From March 2012, the CPC Syllabus was revised to take account of the change to the open book format for the P2 and R2 Case Study exams. Following the seven sessions in this new format, we have reviewed the suitability of the current syllabus.

We found that the syllabus was over-restrictive in terms of subject areas to be examined in Case Studies and likely to lead to papers becoming too predictable to qualify as a Level 3 exam.

We have therefore expanded the subject areas to be examined in P2 and R2 papers. We have also decided to change the balance of questions to be included in P1 and R1 Multiple Choice papers. These changes are in effect from the CPC exams to be sat in June 2014.

The updated Syllabus is available on the qualification webpage.

Full details of the subject areas concerned, the types of questions that will be asked, and the numbers of questions which will be asked for each syllabus area are available in the new Student and Tutor Guide for CPC, which can also be downloaded from the qualification webpage.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 024 76 851509.

Admin Guide: Cambridge Technicals 2013/14 - Corrections and updates

Notice to centres

  • Date: December 2013
  • Subject: Admin Guide: Cambridge Technicals 2013/14 - Corrections and updates

Admin Guide: Vocational Qualifications 2013/14 - Corrections and updates

Notice to centres

  • Date: December 2013
  • Subject: Admin Guide: Vocational Qualifications 2013/14 - Corrections and updates

Business and Administration Level 4 Diploma: Withdrawal of qualification

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Business and Administration Tutors
  • Date: December 2013
  • Subject: OCR Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Business and Administration (04710) 

Withdrawal of qualification

Following the introduction of the new Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE), OCR has decided to withdraw the qualification below, and replace it with a revised qualification from February 2014. OCR will continue to support and assess this qualification up to the final certification date.

The revised details are as follows:

  • Entry code: 04710 
  • Last date to make entries: 31 January 2014
  • Last certification date: 31 January 2016

From 1 February 2014, this qualification will be replaced with a revised version to fulfil the requirements of the new SASE for Higher Apprenticeships.

As Functional Skills will no longer be part of the Apprenticeship Framework, the number of credits for the new NVQ qualification will be increased from 39 to 53, to ensure that the Higher Apprenticeship has a minimum credit value of 90 credits. This will mean that candidates entered for the NVQ from 1 February 2014 will need to complete 33 credits from the optional units (the requirement for the current qualification is 19 credits). The optional units offered in the new qualification will be the same as in the current qualification.

Candidates entered for the NVQ before 31 January 2014 will not be required to take the increased number of credits, but will be required to take Functional Skills as part of the Apprenticeship Framework, as is currently the case.

Please be aware that the last certification date is the final date OCR will produce certificates. Centres are therefore advised to plan for completion of all candidate assessment at least two months prior to this date.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 024 76 851509.

Employability Skills suite: Updated and new support materials now available

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers/Employability Skills tutors
  • Date: November 2013
  • Subject: Support materials for 2013 Employability Skills suite (10345–10350)

Updated and new support materials now available

We are pleased to announce that new and updated support materials are available on the Employability web pages of the OCR website at www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by-type/vocational-qualifications/preparation-for-work. Please select the relevant qualification to find:

  • Evidence booklets located in ‘assessment materials’.
  • Assessment guidance located in ‘mark schemes’.
  • Evidence checklists available in ‘forms’. These can be used if candidates are submitting evidence without using the OCR booklets.
  • Unit specifications, containing essential teaching content notes, located in ‘units’.
  • Changes between Employability Suites, a guide to the key differences between the original and new units, located in ‘key documents’.

The following points will help centre assessors get the most from the qualification for their candidates:

  • Please ensure that OCR evidence booklets are signed and dated, as instructed on the front cover
    • If work in the unit is dated after sign-off, the candidates and assessor will need to re-sign the front sheet, as this confirms evidence is the candidates’ own work.
    • If candidates and/or witnesses are completing materials by word processor, the front sheets of OCR’s evidence booklets and witness statements still need original signatures. Please print off the relevant sheets, sign and date, and include PDF versions with your submission.
  • Please ensure that only work which has met the assessment criteria is submitted to the examiner-moderator. This includes the use of all OCR booklets (including drafts) and alternative tasks.
    • For centres using OCR’s evidence booklets, all tasks must be completed as instructed (including witness statements).
  • Please use the unit specification and assessment guidance documents to inform your marking and assessment decisions.
  • Work must be the candidate’s individual work. The same responses from each candidate will be challenged by the examiner-moderator and may be referred to OCR Malpractice.
  • If you are resubmitting work, the complete unit needs to be sent to the OCR examiner-moderator. This can be a photocopy of the material that has already been submitted with the replacement tasks inserted.

Funding changes: Please also note that there are recent funding changes for Employability Skills for 19+ learners. This information is available under ‘notices to centres’ on the qualification web pages.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 024 76 851509.

Recording documents for OCR’s verified qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer/Centre Coordinator for verified qualifications
  • Date: December 2013
  • Subject: Recording documents for OCR’s verified qualifications

Cambridge Technicals IT - New units now accredited

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer/Head of IT
  • Date: December 2013
  • Subject: New units now accredited

Creative and Digital Media Competence Diploma - Units 90 and 91 to be updated

Notice to centres

  • FAO: OCR Creative and Digital Media Competence Diploma Tutors/Assessors
  • Date: December 2013
  • Subject: Units 90 and 91 to be updated

January 2014 series basedata

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer
  • Date: December 2013
  • Subject: Revised Basedata files for January 2014 General Qualifications

The Department for Education (DfE) creates discount (classification) codes for qualifications which govern how combinations can be used for performance tables. These codes (which are published within our basedata files) ensure that ‘double counting’ in performance tables is avoided.

The DfE has undertaken a review of discount codes in the light of the changes to the policy for 14–16 accountability measures. This has resulted in significant changes to the discount codes for our current specifications for the January 2014 series onwards.

The changes to discount codes for 2014 were not available when the January 2014 basedata files were originally published. However, we have now updated the basedata to include these codes within the following file:

  • The Options file of the January 2014 basedata (1a14)

The updated file is available from the OCR website at www.ocr.org.uk/basedata and should be downloaded in the usual way to ensure your management information system is up to date. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this causes.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

November 2013

GCSE Economics

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer/Head of Economics Department
  • Date: November 2013
  • Subject: GCSE Economics - Unit A593 - The UK economy and globalisation

Pre-release material date change from 2014

OCR has decided to move the pre-release date for the Stimulus Material for Unit A593 The UK Economy and Globalisation forward to the beginning of the school year (1st September). This becomes effective from the June 2014 material, which can now be found on the GCSE Economics page of the OCR website.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

Employability Skills suite: Updated and new support materials now available

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers/Employability Skills tutors
  • Date: November 2013
  • Subject: Support materials for 2013 Employability Skills suite (10345–10350)

Updated and new support materials now available

We are pleased to announce that new and updated support materials are available on the Employability web pages of the OCR website at www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by-type/vocational-qualifications/preparation-for-work. Please select the relevant qualification to find:

  • Evidence booklets located in ‘assessment materials’.
  • Assessment guidance located in ‘mark schemes’.
  • Evidence checklists available in ‘forms’. These can be used if candidates are submitting evidence without using the OCR booklets.
  • Unit specifications, containing essential teaching content notes, located in ‘units’.
  • Changes between Employability Suites, a guide to the key differences between the original and new units, located in ‘key documents’.

The following points will help centre assessors get the most from the qualification for their candidates:

  • Please ensure that OCR evidence booklets are signed and dated, as instructed on the front cover
    • If work in the unit is dated after sign-off, the candidates and assessor will need to re-sign the front sheet, as this confirms evidence is the candidates’ own work.
    • If candidates and/or witnesses are completing materials by word processor, the front sheets of OCR’s evidence booklets and witness statements still need original signatures. Please print off the relevant sheets, sign and date, and include PDF versions with your submission.
  • Please ensure that only work which has met the assessment criteria is submitted to the examiner-moderator. This includes the use of all OCR booklets (including drafts) and alternative tasks.
    • For centres using OCR’s evidence booklets, all tasks must be completed as instructed (including witness statements).
  • Please use the unit specification and assessment guidance documents to inform your marking and assessment decisions.
  • Work must be the candidate’s individual work. The same responses from each candidate will be challenged by the examiner-moderator and may be referred to OCR Malpractice.
  • If you are resubmitting work, the complete unit needs to be sent to the OCR examiner-moderator. This can be a photocopy of the material that has already been submitted with the replacement tasks inserted.

Funding changes: Please also note that there are recent funding changes for Employability Skills for 19+ learners. This information is available under ‘notices to centres’ on the qualification web pages.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 024 76 851509.

Admin guide and entry codes: 14-19 qualifications 2013/14 - Corrections and updates

Notice to centres

  • Date: November 2013
  • Subject: Admin guide and entry codes: 14-19 qualifications 2013/14 - Corrections and updates

Admin guide: Vocational qualifications 2013/14 - Corrections and updates

Notice to centres

  • Date: November 2013
  • Subject: Admin guide: Vocational qualifications 2013/14 - Corrections and updates

Preliminary entries - Order for materials - June 2015 examinations

Notice to centres

  • Date: November 2013
  • Subject: Preliminary entries - Order for materials - June 2015 examinations

OCR Bookkeeping & Accounting Skills (05524–05529) qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer/Tutor for Bookkeeping & Accounting
  • Date: November 2013
  • Subject: OCR Bookkeeping & Accounting Skills (05524–05529) qualifications

2013/14 Set A & B live assignments

As an approved centre offering the OCR Bookkeeping & Accounting QCF qualifications, the new live assignments for 2013/14 are now available to download from OCR’s secure website Interchange. The CSV files for the computerised units can also be downloaded from Interchange.

The live assignment materials must be kept secure and confidential within your centre and may only be used for final assessment. The assignments (including answer booklets) should be photocopied for each candidate undertaking assessment and must be assessed under examination conditions.

Please note, the live assignment material for 2013/14 will only be available electronically via Interchange.

The 2013/14 assignments will remain live until 30 September 2015.

The previously released 2012/13 assignments will remain live until 30 September 2014.

The original 2011/12 assignments will be withdrawn as live assessment material on 31 October 2013 and must not be used for candidate assessment after this date. These assignments may be used as practice material from 1 January 2014.

If you have any queries about this notice, please contact our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509 or at vocational.qualifications@ocr.org.uk.

QCF ICT Professional Competence (PROCOM) Level 4 Diploma (10351)

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers
  • Date: November 2013
  • Subject: OCR Level 4 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals (10351)

Launch of new qualification

The OCR Level 4 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals (10351) is now accredited and will be launched in December 2013. This work-based qualification forms the competence element of the Level 4 IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals Higher Apprenticeship Framework. The qualification will be verified.

If you wish to apply for approval to offer this Level 4 qualification, please complete the centre approval form, which is available from the OCR website at www.ocr.org.uk/approvals.

Details of the qualification will be on the website shortly. In the meantime, if you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509 or email us at vocational.qualifications@ocr.org.uk

GCSE Sociology

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer
  • Date: November 2013
  • Subject: GCSE Sociology - Unit B673 - Applying sociological research techniques

Pre-release material date change

OCR has decided to move the pre-release date for the pre-release material for Unit B673 Applying Sociological Research Techniques forward to the beginning of the school year. This becomes effective from the June 2014 material, which is now available on the qualification page.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

GCE Sociology

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer/Head of Sociology
  • Date: November 2013
  • Subject: GCE Sociology - Unit G671 - Exploring socialisation, culture and identity

Pre-release material date change from 2014

Due to the removal of the January examination series and in response to customer feedback, OCR has decided to move the pre-release date for the pre-release stimulus material for Unit G671 Exploring Socialisation, Culture and Identity forward to the beginning of the school year. This becomes effective from the June 2014 material, which is now available from the GCE Sociology page of the OCR website.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

QCF ITQ, IT User Skills – Important changes to BBC WebWise e-assessment

Notice to centres

  • FAO: ITQ Tutors/Programme Manager/Head of Department
  • Date: November 2013
  • Subject: Level 1 ITQ, IT User Skills – Important changes to BBC WebWise e-assessment

BBC to remove WebWise e-assessments from 31 December 2013

Centres with candidates taking an OCR Level 1 IT User Skills qualification have been able to use the e-assessments from BBC WebWise towards the overarching qualification.

Unfortunately, the BBC has reviewed their strategy and will not be offering the e-assessment from 31 December 2013. The full details of their decision are available on the BBC website.

OCR is committed to the assessment of candidates for ICT and is working on a solution for centres.

Once confirmed, full details will be provided via Subject Information Updates and e-alerts. You can sign up to be kept up to date with any changes.

Relevant information will also be posted on the qualification page of the OCR website.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

A Level Economics

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers/Head of Economics Department
  • Date: November 2013
  • Subject: A Level Economics – Unit F585 The Global Economy

Pre-release material date change from 2014

Due to the removal of the January examination series and in response to customer feedback, OCR has decided to move the pre-release date for the Stimulus Material for Unit F585 The Global Economy forward to the beginning of the school year (1 September). This becomes effective from the June 2014 material, which can now be found on the A Level Economics page of the OCR website.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

October 2013

QCF Employability Skills suite

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers/Employability Skills tutors
  • Date: October 2013
  • Subject: Funding changes for 2009/10 Employability Skills suite: Scheme codes 10178–10180 and 00017–00019

QCF Employability Skills suite

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers/Employability Skills tutors
  • Date: October 2013
  • Subject: Extension of the 2010 Employability Skills suite: scheme codes 10178-10180 and 00017-00019

Withdrawal (advanced notice) of OCR Plant Operations qualification

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Department/Centre Manager
  • Date: October 2013
  • Subject: Withdrawal (advanced notice) of OCR Plant Operations qualification

Withdrawal of OCR Plant Operations qualifications

OCR Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Plant Operations (10340)

Following a review of our qualification offer in the light of falling market demand and changes to the funding regime, OCR has reluctantly decided to withdraw the Plant Operations qualification listed below. OCR will of course continue to support and assess the qualification up to the final certification date for this qualification which will be as follows:

  • Scheme Code: 10340
  • Final registration date: 31/03/2014
  • Final certification date: 31/03/2016

OCR will not be producing a replacement Plant Operations qualification.

Be aware that the final certification date is the last date in which OCR will produce certificates and therefore it is advised that centres plan for completion of all candidate assessment at least 2 months prior to these dates.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509.

OCR Administration (Business Professional) Qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer
  • Date: October 2013
  • Subject: OCR Administration (Business Professional) Qualifications

Extension to last entry date

Following a recent customer survey among a selection of centres, we will be reviewing the suite of Administration (Business Professional ) qualifications. Therefore, while we undertake the review, we are intending to extend the last entry date to 31 December 2014.

We will contact you again with more information shortly. In the meantime, if you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998 or email: vocational.qualifications@ocr.org.uk and we will be pleased to help.

GCSE Additional Applied Science (J251)

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer / Head of Science
  • Date: October 2013
  • Subject: June 2015 / June 2016 Unit A193 Controlled Assessment

Following the June 2013 moderation series, we have reviewed the A193 controlled assessment and made some minor changes. These changes will be applicable to the June 2015 and June 2016 series only.

  • Centres intending to enter candidates for unit A193 in the June 2015 and June 2016 series must ensure they use the controlled assessment for these years which can be found on Interchange.
  • The June 2015 / June 2016 controlled assessments will be made available on Interchange during October 2013.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

GCSE Environmental and Land-Based Science (J271)

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer / Head of Science
  • Date: October 2013
  • Subject: June 2015 Unit B684 Controlled Assessment

Following the June 2013 moderation series, we have reviewed the B684 controlled assessment and made some minor changes. These changes will be applicable to the June 2015 series only.

  • Centres intending to enter candidates for unit B684 in the June 2015 series must ensure they use the controlled assessment for that year which can be found on Interchange.
  • The June 2015 controlled assessment will be made available on Interchange during October 2013.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

Removal of out-of-date GCSE specification documents

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer
  • Date: October 2013
  • Subject: Removal of out-of-date GCSE specification documents

Ofqual recently confirmed changes that had to be made to all GCSEs offered by all awarding bodies in England for teaching from September 2012.

The reforms are designed to:

  • Ensure that GCSE examinations are taken at the end of the course by making all assessment linear
  • Remove the potential for resitting individual units meaning examinations for the majority of subjects will only take place in the June series
  • Give greater account to Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.

To reflect these changes we have made the necessary changes to our specifications and published these on our website with the annotation ‘(from 2012)’ after the subject eg ‘Computing – J275 (from 2012)’.

All teachers delivering OCR GCSEs should now be using the specifications marked as being for use from 2012.

Specifications with the annotation (from 2009) or (from 2010) are now redundant and so to ensure our website is up to date and easy to use, we will be removing outdated specifications from the OCR website at the end of October 2013.

More information about changes to GCSE qualifications and general qualification reform can be found at www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-and-a-level-reform/gcse-reform/

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

GCE Latin (H039) set texts for examination from 2015 to 2017

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Classics
  • Date: October 2013
  • Subject: GCE Latin (H039) set texts for examination from 2015 to 2017

GCE AS Unit F362 (L2) Latin verse and prose literature

From June 2015 to June 2017, the set texts which will be examined are:

  • Cicero, De Imperio for the prose section
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses III for the verse section.

Bloomsbury Academic (formerly Duckworth/Bristol Classical Press) is releasing new editions of these texts which will be the prescribed editions. The lines prescribed by OCR are exactly the same as those in the titles of the new editions. The editions will be published in December 2013. Details of the revised editions are as follows:

Cicero: De Imperio: An Extract: 27–45
Commentary notes and vocabulary by Katharine Radice, Introduction by Catherine Steel
ISBN: 9781472511171

Ovid: Metamorphoses III: An Extract: 511–733
Introduction, commentary and notes by John Godwin
ISBN: 9781472508508

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

OCR Text Processing (Business Professional) Qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer
  • Date: October 2013
  • Subject: OCR Text Processing (Business Professional) Qualifications

Extension of last entry date

Following a recent customer survey among a selection of centres, we will be reviewing the suite of text processing qualifications. Therefore, while we undertake the review, we are intending to extend the last entry date to 31 December 2014.

We will contact you again with more information shortly. In the meantime, if you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998 or email: vocational.qualifications@ocr.org.uk and we will be pleased to help.

OCR Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Professional Services

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers/Key Skills tutors - England and Northern Ireland centres
  • Date: October 2013
  • Subject: OCR Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Professional Services - Change of assessment method to visiting moderation

September 2013

Functional Skills and Cambridge Progression

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer/Head of Department
  • Date: September 2013
  • Subject: New Instructions for conducting examinations for Functional Skills and Cambridge Progression

The academic year 2013/14 sees a small but significant change to the administration of OCR’s vocational examinations in Functional Skills and Cambridge Progression.

Until September 2013, these examinations were carried out under the regulations contained in the JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations.

From September 2013, the JCQ ‘ICE’ document no longer covers Functional Skills. The range of delivery models across awarding bodies was considered too variable to enable a single document to suffice.

As a consequence, and in line with other awarding bodies, OCR has created its own ICE booklet, which for OCR covers both Functional Skills and Cambridge Progression. You can download the document below:

Instructions for conducting OCR Functional Skills and Cambridge Progression qualification examinations 2013/14

There is a list of differences from the JCQ ICE booklet at the beginning of the document.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

Key Skills end of certification

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers/Key Skills tutors - England and Northern Ireland centres
  • Date: September 2013
  • Subject: Key Skills end of certification (England and Northern Ireland)

GCSE Physical Education

Notice to centres

  • FAO: The Head of Physical Education and the Exams Officer
  • Date: September 2013
  • Subject: GCSE Physical Education (J086/J586) Controlled Assessment Units B452 and B454

Key information about conducting B452/B454 assessments in 2013/2014

Resources

It is important to visit the OCR website at the beginning of the academic year, as well as regularly throughout the year, in order to access the most up-to-date and relevant materials which support the specification. Any new or updated resources will be added to the specification web pages at:

www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-physical-education-j586-j086-from-2012/

Administration

  • Estimated entries – Centres should make accurate estimated entries for Units B452 and B454. Estimated entries trigger the allocation of moderators to centres and ensure that the correct documentation is despatched. Estimated entries must be made via OCR’s secure extranet, Interchange.
  • Moderator address labels – Centres will no longer be sent moderator address labels for Units B452 and B454. Centres will be informed as to their moderator’s address in late February/early March in an introductory letter/email from their moderator. NB: the moderator’s address will be communicated to both the PE Department and the Examinations Office so that both the subject-specific Assessment Forms and the MS1 (or EDI equivalent) are sent to the moderator.
  • Assessment forms – Centres are encouraged to use the practical assessment forms for units B452 and B454; these are found on the qualification page of the OCR website. Centres must ensure that these forms are checked for arithmetic/transcription errors as errors in the paperwork may disadvantage candidates.
  • Centre authentication form (CCS160) – Centres must send a signed CCS160 form to their moderator along with all of the other documentation for each practical unit being assessed. This form is available from the OCR website.
  • Templates – The only templates which are permitted for use in the ‘Analysing Lifestyle’ and ‘Analysing Performance’ tasks for GCSE PE are the task research booklets, which can be found on the qualification page of the OCR website. No other templates are allowed.
  • Special Activity Submissions – Where a centre/candidate wishes to be assessed in an activity not listed in the specification or in a role not available for an activity in the specification, centres may make a special activity submission (section 2.2 of the Guide to Controlled Assessment). Neither centres nor candidates should assume that approval will be given; therefore candidates should have an alternative activity in case of non-approval. A list of already approved special activities is on the OCR website. Centres will still need to seek approval to use a special activity from OCR before they are sent the criteria. The deadline for submissions of marking criteria for activities that have not already been approved is 15 October 2013.
  • Filmed evidence – Centres are required to have filmed evidence of a sample of their candidates across the range of marks awarded (e.g. highest, middle and lowest marks) for every activity assessed. In addition, all candidate marks for off-site activities must be accompanied by filmed evidence, as must seasonal activities if submitted for 1 May deadline. The filmed evidence should clearly identify the candidates and enable them to be linked to the assessment documentation and should demonstrate that candidates have performed the range of skills appropriate for the mark that they have been awarded.
  • Candidates attending moderation – Moderation is part of the assessment process and, as such, if a candidate is selected by the moderator to attend moderation, they should be present on the day. If a candidate cannot attend for a legitimate reason, such as injury or a clash with another examination, centres must inform the moderator before the moderation visit and a suitable alternative candidate must attend the moderation instead.

Important dates for 2013/2014

  • Estimated entries deadline – 10 October 2013
  • Visit Arrangement Form submission to OCR – 14 January 2014
  • Final entries deadline – 21 February 2014
  • Moderation window – 15 March 2014 to 15 May 2014
  • Controlled Assessment Summary Form (CASF) and Order of Merit form submission to the moderator – 15 March 2014 for majority of marks and 1 May 2014 for seasonal activities and Analysing Lifestyle and Analysing Performance tasks
  • MS1 deadline – 15 May 2014

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

GCE Biology

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Science
  • Date: September 2013
  • Subject: Additional Support Materials for GCE Biology H021/H421

F214 – Communication, homeostasis and energy

Module 4: Respiration

Oxidative phosphorylation and chemiosmotic theory are learning outcomes of GCE Biology, Unit F214, Module 4.

Chemiosmotic theory, as presented in the examination paper for F214, January 2013, and the OCR endorsed A2 Heinemann textbook, has been the subject of debate by a group of Academics working in the area of bioenergetics. This group of scientists has stated that the outer mitochondrial membrane does not play a role in oxidative phosphorylation and, hence, in ATP synthesis. An account of chemiosmotic theory has kindly been produced by this group, to assist with the teaching and learning of this important topic. These support documents are now available on the OCR website under the GCE Biology support materials:

www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-biology-h021-h421/

Centres should be aware that the Principal Examiner for Unit F214 will take this new information into account in future series.

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Withdrawal of OCR Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland) qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Department/Centre Manager/Health & Social Care Co-ordinator
  • Date: September 2013
  • Subject: Withdrawal of OCR Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland) qualifications

Withdrawal of selected OCR sport and leisure qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Department/Centre Manager/Sport & Leisure Co-ordinator
  • Date: September 2013
  • Subject: Withdrawal of selected OCR sport and leisure qualifications

Withdrawal of OCR Awards/Certificates for Young Enterprise

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officer/Young Enterprise Link Teacher
  • Date: September 2013
  • Subject: OCR Awards/Certificates for Young Enterprise (Entry Level, Level 1, 2 and 3)

Withdrawal of OCR Awards/Certificates for Young Enterprise

Following a review of our qualification offer in light of changes to the funding regime, OCR has reluctantly decided to withdraw the current Young Enterprise suite of qualifications. However, we remain committed to supporting enterprise education and are currently working with Young Enterprise to consider alternative ways to do this. We will be writing to you again soon with an update.

Details are as follows:

OCR Entry Level Award for Young Enterprise (code 03981)
Final registration date: 31/08/2014
Final certification date:
31/08/2015
Please note that the final certification date is the last date on which OCR will produce certificates and therefore it is advised that centres plan for completion of all candidate assessment at least two months prior to this date for the on-demand Entry Level qualification.

OCR Level 1 Award for Young Enterprise (code 03982)
OCR Level 2 Certificate for Young Enterprise (code 03983)
OCR Level 3 Certificate for Young Enterprise (code 03984)
Final entry date: 11/04/2014
Final exam date: 06/05/2014
For Levels 1-3 it is imperative that all entries are received by the final entry deadline, as we will be unable to accept entries after this date. This will be the last opportunity for examined assessment (May 2014).

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GCE AS Level Psychology

Notice to centres

  • FAO: The Head of Psychology
  • Date: September 2013
  • Subject: GCE AS Level Psychology H168

Unit G542 - Specification coverage and schemes of assessment

We would like to remind centres that candidates are expected to study all the content for G542 Core Studies within the specification which includes:

  • Specific aspects of the core studies
  • Theories and research surrounding the core studies
  • Approaches/perspectives, issues and methods arising from the core studies.

Centres are also reminded that candidates should be prepared to answer one question from a choice of two in Section C. Their response should focus not only on approaches – but also on issues and methods that arise from the Core Studies.

For more information please refer to H168 Specification for OCR Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Psychology: Section 4: Schemes of Assessment.

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GCE Physical Education

Notice to centres

  • FAO: The Head of Physical Education and the Exams Officer
  • Date: September 2013
  • Subject: GCE Physical Education

Key information about conducting H154/H554 assessments in 2013/14

Resources

New or amended resources are continually added to the specification web pages at http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-physical-education-h154-h554/. It is therefore important to visit the OCR website regularly throughout the academic year to access updated information and materials. The following resources are currently available to download:

  • Teacher Support: Coursework Guidance Booklets – Amendments have been made to the AS Unit G452 and A2 Unit G454 Coursework Guidance Booklets in response to feedback from centres and moderators. The amended Coursework Guidance Booklets for 2013/14 have been published via the OCR website. All changes/amends/new information within these documents have been highlighted in yellow. A summary document highlighting the changes/amends/new information is also available via the OCR website. All assessments and administration for Units G452 and G454 in 2013/14 should be conducted in line with these amended documents.
  • NEW Interactive Assessment Forms – From this year, centres are requested to use the new PE Marks Input forms (PEMIF). There is one for G452 and one for G454. Both forms are in spreadsheet format and are designed to replace the Practical Activity, Final Practical Activity forms and EPIP/E & A forms. Centres will only need to input candidate information once, which will save time and reduce clerical errors. The completed spreadsheet will have all the activity and evaluation marks recorded in one place. Once the data is inputted, the spreadsheet will generate a summary page that can be filtered against each activity so that the centre can print and post it to the moderator in place of the PDF forms (the PEMIF can also be emailed to the moderator if requested). The forms are available to download on the subject pages of the OCR website.

    Where centres do not use the PEMIFs, they may still use the PDF interactive Practical, Final Practical and EPIP/E & A Assessment Forms. These forms enable centres to enter the marks required for those performance activities with distinct, separate elements for assessment, a requirement for a log book and/or when candidates are assessed in an event/skill and measured against the performance assessment tables. For coaching and officiating a separate mark can be entered for the coaching/officiating itself and the log book. In each instance, the overall mark will be automatically calculated when using the interactive Practical Activity Assessment Form. Centres are also encouraged to use the interactive Final Practical Activity Assessment Forms and the interactive EPIP/E & A forms.
  • Special Activity Submissions – Centres may apply to submit candidate assessments in ‘Special Activities’ which are not on the published list of approved activities. Criteria for some activities may have already been submitted to OCR by other centres who deliver the specification. In the first instance, and prior to making a Special Activity submission, it would be advisable to contact OCR to ascertain if such criteria already exist. This can be done via the OCR Customer Contact Centre. In order to make a Special Activity submission, proposed marking criteria for the activity must be submitted to OCR no later than 15 October of the academic year in question. Further guidance and the submissions form are available on the OCR website.
  • Coursework Administration Guide – This guide has been updated for 2013/14. It aims to assist centres in their administration of the coursework units G452 and G454. Centres should read this to ensure that they are familiar with the key dates and requirements associated with these units.
  • Report to centres – The latest reports provide feedback on candidate performance in the June 2013 series. Centres may find this document useful during future delivery of the qualification.

Administration

  • Estimated entries – Centres should make accurate estimated entries for the practical units G452 and G454. The estimated entries trigger the allocation of moderators to centres and ensure that the correct paperwork is despatched. Estimated entries must be made via OCR’s secure extranet, Interchange.
  • Candidates attending moderation – Moderation is part of the assessment process and, as such, if a candidate is selected by the moderator to attend moderation, they should be present on the day. If a candidate cannot attend for a legitimate reason, such as injury or a clash with another examination, you must inform the moderator before the moderation visit and a suitable alternative candidate must attend the moderation instead. In June 2013, a number of candidates arrived at moderation without the necessary equipment. It is vital that candidates attending moderation have appropriate kit and equipment where relevant eg shin pads, etc.
  • Centre Authentication Form (CCS160) – Centres must send a signed Centre Authentication Form to their moderator along with all of the other paperwork for each practical unit to be assessed. This form is available from the OCR website.
  • Seasonal activities – There is a set list of activities for which marks for AS Unit G452 may be submitted by 15 May rather than 31 March. The list can be found in Section 1.3 of the Coursework Guidance booklet. Any activity not on the seasonal activity list must be assessed by 31 March. NB all A2 assessments must be completed by 31 March.

All AS candidates must have a minimum of one activity mark submitted by 31 March as per the requirements of the specification.

Candidates being assessed in seasonal activities may still be called to moderation to answer questions on, or demonstrate knowledge of skills associated with, these activities even if final assessment of them by the centre has yet to take place.

DVD/CD-Rom/Memory stick evidence

Please note that USB memory sticks may be used in place of a DVD/CD ROM for providing filmed evidence.

Centres are reminded of the requirement to collate and retain DVD/CD-Rom evidence in respect of units G452 and G454. The Teacher Support: Coursework Guidance Booklets stipulate the following:

  • All final assessments must be supported by DVD/CD-Rom evidence. Centres are required to have DVD/CD-Rom evidence of a sample of their candidates from across the range of marks (top, middle and bottom) for each activity assessed. This DVD/CD-Rom evidence should include:
    • For AS:
      • The selection and application of acquired and developed skills. Candidates are recorded taking part in performance, coaching or officiating assessment situations;
      • Evaluation and planning for the improvement of performance. Candidates are recorded responding together with footage of the performance they have observed.
    • For A2:
      • The performance of a range of basic and advanced acquired and developed skills in an authentic context. Candidates are recorded taking part in performing, coaching or officiating assessment situations.
      • Evaluation, appreciation and the improvement of performance. Candidates are recorded responding together with footage of the performance they have observed.

Centres should ensure that candidates included in the DVD/CD-Rom evidence can be clearly identified and married easily to candidates detailed within the assessment forms. This can be achieved by the use of numbered bibs together with a commentary or accompanying documentation. The DVD/CD-Rom evidence should relate to the assessment criteria for the activity concerned.

Centres are also advised that any request for Post Results Services in respect of units G452 and/or G454 is subject to a centre being able to provide DVD/CD-Rom evidence of a sample of their candidates from across the range of marks (top, middle and bottom) for each performance activity viewed at moderation. DVD/CD-Rom evidence of a sample of their candidates from across the range of marks (top, middle and bottom) will also be required in respect of coaching, officiating and, for G452, the Evaluation and planning for the improvement of performance (EPIP) and, for G454, the Evaluation, appreciation and the improvement of performance (E & A).

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Addition of three new optional units to the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Career Guidance Coordinator
  • Date: September 2013
  • Subject: Addition of three new optional units to the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development

GCSE History B (Modern World) Short Course - Update

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Exams Officers
  • Date: September 2013
  • Subject: GCSE History B (Modern World) Short Course (J117) - Entry Codes

GCSE History B (Modern World) Short Course (J117)

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Teachers of GCSE History
  • Date: September 2013
  • Subject: GCSE History B (Modern World) Short Course (J117)

Withdrawal of Short Course

The GCSE History B Modern World Short course J117 is being withdrawn from 31 August 2014. This means that the last assessment will be in June 2014. There will be no resit opportunity in 2015.

Candidates starting the course in September 2013 will need to complete it in one year and take both units in June 2014. Candidates who started in September 2012 (or earlier) will also need to complete the course and take both units in June 2014.

Alternative qualifications available are:

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GCSE Classical Greek (J291) and GCSE Classical Greek (Short Course) (J091)

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Classics
  • Date: September 2013
  • Subject: GCSE Classical Greek (J291) and GCSE Classical Greek (Short Course) (J091)

Set texts for examination in June 2015

Section A: Selections from Herodotus

Section XI: Captures of Babylon B, Second Capture, by Darius

The text will be taken from Tales from Herodotus (pages 33-38) eds GS Farnell and M Goff (Duckworth/BCP) ISBN 9780862920913

Candidates will be expected to have read the introduction to Section XI and the accompanying notes.

Section B: Selections from Lucian

Lucian A True Story, Sections 7, 8 and 9, omitting sections 9b (12 lines) and 9c (10 lines)

The text will be taken from Lucian (pages 40-54) ed Keith C. Sidwell (Bristol Classical Press) ISBN 09065 1536X

Candidates will be expected to have read the introduction to Chapter III on page 40 of Sidwell’s BCP edition.

Unit B404 Classical Greek Verse Literature

Section A: Selections from Homer Odyssey XXI

Homer Odyssey XXI, lines 288-423

The text will be taken from: Homer Odyssey XXI
Four Greek Authors ed E C Kennedy (Duckworth/BCP) ISBN 0333063872

Section B: Selections from Euripides Iphigenia in Aulis

Euripides: Iphigenia in Aulis, lines 1-55, 155-201, 280-309

The text will be taken from Euripides: Scenes from Iphigenia in Aulis & Iphigenia in Tauris ed. E C Kennedy (Bristol Classical Press) ISBN 0-906515-97-1

The set texts listed in this notice are for examination in June 2015.

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Changes to Life and Living Skills documentation

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Life and Living Skills Co-ordinator
  • Date: September 2013
  • Subject: Changes to Life and Living Skills documentation

Life and Living Skills 10160-10172, 10181-10183

Changes to centre handbook C213
The new centre handbook can now be downloaded from the OCR website. OCR has clarified its requirements regarding authenticity of individual evidence – see section 3 for further details.

Amendments to recording documents
There is no longer a requirement to complete and submit a separate Learner Unit Transcript for Entry 1 candidates. All Records of Assessment at Entry 1 have been modified to allow centres to indicate on this sheet which stage Entry 1 candidates have reached on the Achievement Continuum.

Minor changes have been made to all Records of Assessment templates to improve their format.

Standardisation points
A list of standardisation points has now been issued on the website to clarify areas where centres have had difficulty in assessing units correctly to date. Please refer to these when completing assessment of Life and Living Skills evidence.

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GCE Performance Studies

Notice to centres

  • FAO: All OCR GCE Performance Studies Teachers
  • Date: September 2013
  • Subject: GCE Performance Studies [Specification H148/H548]

UNIT G403/01- Performance contexts 2

Centres are reminded that the current external assessment for unit G403/01 requires candidates to complete two tables, located on page 2 of the examination paper:

  • Table 1 – candidates are asked to list the names of the two practitioners they have used as the basis for their response to the AS examination G402/01 (Performance Contexts 1)
  • Table 2 – candidates are asked to list both the topic they have studied for unit G403/01 with the details of the extracts they have studied.

From the June 2014 examination series there will no longer be a requirement for candidates to complete these two tables. Whilst candidates are free to incorporate practitioners and extracts in their ‘plan’ examiners will only be marking and applying the assessment criteria to the extended response provided by each candidate.

Centres are assured that the OCR examiner will still be looking for breadth and depth in candidate responses. The only difference moving forward is that rather than having an atomised list at the start of the examination paper examiners will be able to gauge the use of practitioners and relevant extracts throughout the candidates’ written response.

Unit G404/01- Performance project

With the demise of the January examination series and following some email correspondence received from centres OCR has taken the decision to release the commissions for unit G404/01 to candidates earlier in the academic year.

For the 2014 summer examination series centres will be instructed to make the commissions available to candidates from 1 December, 2013. It is hoped this additional time will allow centres to bring more flexibility into their delivery programme for the two A2 units as they balance the need to prepare for the external examination (Unit G403/01) with the demands of the performance-based assessment (Unit G404/01).

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GCSE English Literature

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of English Department
  • Date: September 2013
  • Subject: GCSE English Literature (J360)

Unit A662 – Educating Rita

In the A662 examination question paper we always reproduce an extract from Educating Rita, using the original Longman edition of the play as a basis for writing the questions and selecting the extracts.

While we do not usually prescribe the editions of texts to be studied in our GCSE English Literature specification, we are aware, because Willy Russell has updated Educating Rita, that there are two different versions of the play in print.

To avoid confusion, and to ensure that no candidate is disadvantaged in the examination by variations in the two versions, centres are advised to use the original Longman version of the text when preparing students for the A662 exam – ISBN 0582060133.

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August 2013

Withdrawal of OCR Business Skills

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Department/Centre Manager
  • Date: 5 August 2013
  • Subject: Withdrawal of OCR Business Skills

Following a review of our qualification offer in the light of falling market demand and changes to the funding regime, OCR has reluctantly decided to withdraw the Business Skills suite of qualifications. OCR will of course continue to support and assess the qualifications up to the final certification date for this qualification which will be as follows:

10186 - OCR Level 1 Award in Business Skills
Final registration date: 31 December 2013
Final certification date: 31 December 2014

10187 - OCR Level 1 Certificate in Business Skills
Final registration date: 31 December 2013
Final certification date: 31 December 2014

10188 - OCR Level 2 Award in Business Skills
Final registration date:31 December 2013
Final certification date: 31 December 2014

10189 - OCR Level 2 Certificate in Business Skills
Final registration date: 31 December 2013
Final certification date: 31 December 2014

10190 - OCR Level 2 Diploma in Business Skills
Final registration date: 31 December 2013
Final certification date: 31 December 2014

10191 - OCR Level 3 Award in Business Skills
Final registration date: 31 December 2013
Final certification date: 30 June 2015

10192 - OCR Level 3 Certificate in Business Skills
Final registration date: 31 December 2013
Final certification date: 30 June 2015

10193 - OCR Level 3 Diploma in Business Skills
Final registraton date: 31 December 2013
Final certification date: 30 June 2015

Please be aware that the final certification date is the last date by which OCR will produce certificates and therefore centres are advised to plan for completion of all candidate assessments at least two months prior to these dates.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509.

Cambridge Technical Health and Social Care

Level 3 - Unit 19 - Revision to incorrect credit value

  • FAO: Exams Officer/Head of Department/Cambridge Technical Health and Social Care Teachers
  • Date: 5 August 2013
  • Subject: Level 3 - Unit 19 - Revision to incorrect credit value

Please be aware that the unit specification for the Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care at Level 3 Unit 19 has, to date, indicated an incorrect credit value. Up until now, it has stated that the unit credit value was 10 credits. This is not correct - the unit credit value for this unit is 5 credits and the unit specification has now been amended accordingly.

Note: all other documentation pertaining to this unit - for example, the progress tracker, rules of combination and centre handbook - has always stated the correct credit value of 5 credits.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509.

July 2013

Withdrawal of OCR Sport and Leisure qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Co-ordinator of Sport & Leisure Qualifications/Head of Centre
  • Date: July 2013
  • Subject: Withdrawal of OCR Sport and Leisure qualifications

Management and Leadership Knowledge qualifications extension

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Centre Co-ordinators/Tutors of Management and Leadership qualifications
  • Date: July 2013
  • Subject: Management and Leadership Knowledge qualifications extension

Extension of entry dates

We are pleased to announce that the last entry date for the following Management and Team Leading qualifications, that are the knowledge components of the Apprenticeship framework, have been extended to 30 September 2014.

  • 09878 - OCR Level 2 Certificate in Team Leading (Knowledge qualification)
  • 09879 - OCR Level 3 Certificate in Management (Knowledge qualification)

You may continue to enter candidates for these qualifications until that date.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

Withdrawal of Driving Goods Vehicles qualification

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Department/Centre Manager
  • Date: July 2013
  • Subject: Withdrawal of OCR Driving Goods Vehicles qualification

Withdrawal of Contact Centre Operations and Principles of Contact Centre Operations qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Department/Centre Manager
  • Date: July 2013
  • Subject: Withdrawal of OCR Contact Centre Operations and OCR Principles of Contact Centre Operations qualifications

Withdrawal of Occupational Health and Safety qualifications

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Department/Centre Manager
  • Date: July 2013
  • Subject: Withdrawal of OCR Occupational Health and Safety qualifications

Changes to Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector qualification offer

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Centre Coordinators/Tutors of PTLLS/CTLLS/DTLLS qualifications
  • Date: July 2013
  • Subject: Changes to OCR’s Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector qualification offer

Withdrawal of Employment Related Services qualification offer

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Centre Coordinators/Tutors of Employment Related Services qualifications
  • Date: July 2013
  • Subject: Withdrawal of OCR’s Employment Related Services qualification offer

Changes to Career Guidance qualification offer

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Centre Coordinators/Tutors of Career Guidance qualifications
  • Date: July 2013
  • Subject: Changes to OCR’s Career Guidance qualification offer

Controlled assessment tasks for submission in June 2015 for GCSE Food & Nutrition

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Home Economics
  • Date: July 2013
  • Subject: Controlled assessment tasks for submission in June 2015 for GCSE Food & Nutrition

Unit B001 Food & Nutrition short tasks

The new controlled assessment tasks for B001 are now available to download from OCR Interchange. All candidates must follow one of the new set tasks for submission in 2015 onwards.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

New controlled assessment unit recording sheets (URS) for GCSE J431 Food & Nutrition

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Home Economics
  • Date: July 2013
  • Subject: New controlled assessment unit recording sheets (URS) for GCSE J431 Food & Nutrition

Unit B001 food & nutrition short tasks and Unit B002 food study

We have produced new URS for the controlled assessment units B001 and B002. These forms will be available shortly to download from the Food & Nutrition webpage under the ‘Forms’ heading.

The new URS contain the marking criteria currently found in the specification. The new URS must be used for submission in June 2014 onwards and replace all previous available forms.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

Controlled assessment tasks for submission in June 2015 for GCSE Child Development

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Home Economics
  • Date: July 2013
  • Subject: Controlled assessment tasks for submission in June 2015 for GCSE Child Development

Unit B011 Child Development short tasks

The new controlled assessment tasks for B011 are now available to download from OCR Interchange. All candidates must follow one of the new set tasks for submission in 2015 onwards.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.

New controlled assessment unit recording sheets (URS) for GCSE J441 Child Development

Notice to centres

  • FAO: Head of Home Economics
  • Date: July 2013
  • Subject: New controlled assessment unit recording sheets (URS) for GCSE J441 Child Development

Unit B011 Child Development short tasks and Unit B012 Child Study

We have produced new URS for the controlled assessment units B011 and B012. These forms will be available shortly to download from the Child Development webpage under the ‘Forms’ heading.

The new URS contain the marking criteria currently found in the specification. The new URS must be used for submission in June 2014 onwards and replace all previous available forms.

If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.