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To help schools and colleges planning their budgets for next academic year, OCR is today publishing its proposed 2014/15 GCSE and A Level fees, designed to come into effect on 1 August 2014.
As a not-for-profit organisation, any financial surplus OCR receives from examination fees is re-invested in development of qualifications, support and other educational services. Such investment is needed to deliver the government’s extensive programme of qualification reform, and to introduce the latest technology.
For 2014/15, the price of a typical GCSE will rise from £29.40 to £31.80 for a 4 unit specification and £29.55 to £31.95 for a 3 unit/linear specification.
OCR’s typical A Level fee will increase from £78.00 to £84.40 for a 4 unit specification, while 6 unit specifications will rise from £90.00 to £97.20. Similar changes will apply to our vocational qualifications, though we are confident that all our fees will remain highly competitive.
For 2014/15, OCR will also introduce differential pricing for selected GCSE and A Level subjects, in line with the pricing policy of other awarding bodies. The majority of our qualifications will remain at a standard, non-differentiated price. However a higher charge will apply to those qualifications with low uptake such as GCSE Dutch, disproportionately higher operating costs such as A Level Music or French where assessment may include visits to schools, or a combination of both. This will enable OCR to come closer to covering the costs of those few qualifications and to secure their future, if there is customer demand.
Overall the total cost of exams for schools is expected to decrease due to linear assessment (as students will take fewer qualifications), a reduction in re-sit opportunities and changes to accountability measures.
The proposed 2014/15 fees per subject are available now.