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The Department for Education (DfE) has published its final lists of technical and vocational qualifications approved for teaching from September 2015 and reporting in 2017 performance tables. The 2017 tables do not affect those pupils who complete their Key Stage 4 programme in 2016.
The Cambridge Nationals Certificate in ICT and the Cambridge Nationals Certificates in Science and Science in the Workplace have not been included on the final list, despite a forceful appeal by us. This is a disappointing result for us, for our schools and for our students.
We are supporting ICT teachers to move to other qualifications such as the Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia which is included in the 2017 performance tables, as there are similarities in topics and many schools have already successfully made the move across. To make the transition as easy as possible, we are developing a full support package of training, delivery guides and resource. For schools interested in GCSEs as an alternative, OCR offers a rich range of GCSEs in Computing, ICT and in individual sciences.
We would like to provide clarification about the rules surrounding the production of evidence for internally assessed units for Cambridge Nationals.
Please refer to the Notice to centres below for further information.
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