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Moderated assessment arrangements for general qualifications include non exam arrangements, coursework, portfolios and controlled assessment, which are all referred to as candidate work. This section should be read in conjunction with the JCQ Instructions for conducting coursework, Instructions for conducting controlled assessments and Instructions for conducting non examination assessments (new GCE & GCSE specifications).
There are several stages to carrying out internal assessment. More information is provided in the OCR Admin guide: 14–19 qualifications but these are summarised below:
Approximately one month before the exam series, centres can view the OCR exams directory on Interchange which provides information on the materials that are required for each assessment they have made entries for. For details of how to present candidate work, please see the JCQ instructions. If centres are working together in a consortium, i.e. in cases where all candidates from different centres have been taught and are assessed together, but where they are entered through the centre at which they are on roll, you must submit the JCQ Centre Consortium Arrangements form by the deadlines stated on the form.
Centres should mark each piece of work according to the instructions and criteria provided in the specification for each unit. Forms to help you mark and administer candidate work – many of them interactive – are provided on the qualification pages. These may be called a cover sheet, unit recording sheet or centre assessment form, depending on the specification. Complete one per candidate and attach it to the front of the work.
Each candidate must sign a declaration before submitting their work to their teacher to confirm the work is their own and any assistance given and/or sources used have been acknowledged. A sample can be downloaded here:
Sample candidate authentication statement
It is the responsibility of centres to ensure every candidate does this. These statements should be retained within the centre until all enquiries about results, malpractice and appeals issues have been resolved. A mark of zero must be recorded if a candidate cannot confirm the authenticity of their work.
Teachers are required to declare the work submitted for internal assessment is the candidate’s own work by sending the moderator (or uploading to the Repository) a centre authentication form (CCS160) for each unit at the same time as the marks. (This is also a requirement for private candidates.) If a centre fails to provide evidence of authentication, we will set the mark for that candidate to Pending (Q) for that component until authentication can be provided.
Centre authentication form - CCS160
Centres must carry out internal standardisation to ensure marks awarded by different teachers are accurate and consistent across all candidates entered for the unit from that centre. If centres are working together in a consortium, you must carry out internal standardisation of marking across the consortium. You must ensure marks for all candidates, not just those in the sample, are checked for both addition and transcription errors before submission.
All marking and internal standardisation must be completed in good time and before the marks are submitted to OCR and the moderator. Deadlines for submitting marks and authentication are available in the key dates document. Marks may be submitted to OCR by Interchange, EDI files sent via A2C or via internal assessment mark sheets (MS1). Instructions on how to submit marks can be found in the admin guide.
Moderation cannot begin until we have received all the marks. Marks must also be posted to the OCR moderator (or uploaded to the OCR Repository). If a candidate did not produce work, the candidate should be submitted as absent. If we do not receive your marks, we will contact you.
If you discover an error with a previously submitted candidate mark, you will need to complete the Amendment to Centre Marks form. There is now an interactive form for you to use, which can be downloaded from Interchange. Click on ‘Resources and Materials’ and then ‘Pre-release Materials’. The form should be emailed to email@example.com from a centre email address. You must provide the original total and amended total mark(s) for the component. Please ensure a copy is also sent to the moderator.
Where a mark is amended by the centre after moderation has started, we may require the work relating to the relevant candidate to be submitted for validation purposes. If this is the case, we will notify you and provide you with a despatch address.
You will be sent address labels to send the marks and forms to the moderator. (You will also be sent enough copies of the labels to send candidate work to the moderator.) If you have still not received your labels three days before the mark submission deadline, you can request emergency moderator address information from Interchange. To do this, log in to Interchange, hover over ‘Resources and materials’ in the left-hand menu, click on ‘Emergency exam labels’ and follow the on-screen instructions. Requests should be processed within 12 hours. Before posting the sample of work to the moderator, please ensure the address on the moderator label corresponds to the address provided on the sample request. If it does not, please contact the OCR Customer Contact Centre.
Once you have submitted your marks to OCR and your moderator, you will receive a moderation sample request. If you are part of a consortium, we will wait until we have received marks from each centre before sending a sample request. Samples will include work from across the range of attainment of the candidates’ work.
For most specifications, you will receive a sample request via email. The following is a list of the exceptions, which will request the sample via post:
Electronic enhancements to moderation - How moderators communicate with you
Depending on the final entry option, candidate samples can be submitted via the OCR Repository, post or via a moderation visit. Instructions on how to submit work can be found in the admin guide. When making your final entries, the entry option specifies how the sample of work for each unit is to be submitted. For each of these units, all candidate marks and work must be submitted to the moderator using the same entry option. It is not possible for centres to offer both options for a unit within the same series, but you can choose different options for different units.
In the case of a candidate for whom the internally assessed work has been lost/is missing, is damaged or is incomplete then you must apply for special consideration. In addition, if the candidate concerned forms part of the requested sample, you must substitute an equivalent candidate’s work on, or as near as possible to, the same mark point. In certain circumstances we may request to see incomplete portfolio evidence where an application has been made.
Usually, internally assessed units are externally moderated. Moderation is designed to bring the marking of internally assessed units in all participating centres to an agreed standard by checking a sample of the marking of candidate work. At this stage, centres may be required to resolve any issues the moderator discovers during the external moderation. Centres may receive one of the following requests, usually by email.
Centres will usually receive the outcome of moderation when the provisional results are issued. The following reports will be issued via Interchange.
If work was posted to OCR for moderation or selected during visiting moderation, it will normally be returned to centres. However, we may be required to retain some items as exemplar material for awarding, regulation and archive purposes. We will inform you if work is required. In some circumstances, we may need to request work from a centre. In such cases, your co-operation in supplying material is much appreciated. Candidate work should be retained by centres for a minimum of six months from submission.