The Department for Education (DfE) today published their lists of technical and vocational qualifications approved for teaching from September 2015 and reporting in 2017 performance tables. The following OCR qualifications will count towards the 2017 Performance Tables:
Engineering Manufacture, Principles in Engineering and Engineering Business, Systems Control in Engineering, Engineering Design, Health and Social Care, Creative iMedia, Sport Science, Sport Studies and Business and Enterprise.
Extended Certificate(s), Extended Diploma, Diploma(s) and Subsidiary Diploma in IT
Introductory Diploma, Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design
Introductory Diploma, Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma in Media
Diploma and Foundation Diploma in Engineering
Principal learning in Engineering
Diploma in Administration (Business Professional)
While a significant number of our qualifications are included on the 2017 Performance table lists, OCR is concerned to learn that a number of our qualifications, including the Cambridge Nationals Certificate in ICT, are not included in the lists published today. The DfE will allow us to appeal against their decisions.
Charlotte Bosworth, OCR’s Director of Skills and Employment said:
“We are pleased to see that the majority of our technical and vocational qualifications have been approved by the DfE. However, we will be re-submitting qualifications where we would like the DfE to reconsider. In particular, we feel strongly that the DfE has made an error in its judgement on OCR’s Cambridge Nationals Certificate in ICT. We would like to reassure our customers that we will be pushing hard to have this qualification recognised in the 2017 performance tables. The decisions on the 2017 tables do not affect those pupils who complete their Key Stage 4 programme in 2016.”
The DfE will publish updated lists in early February 2015.
The Dfe will be further publishing those qualifications that have been recognised as Applied General (Level 3 Vocational Qualifications designed for 16-19 year olds) on 15 December and we are confident that our qualifications currently on the Applied General 2016 performance table will remain for 2017.