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Cambridge Nationals were launched in 2012 and designed specifically for students aged 14–16. They're industry-relevant, geared to key sector requirements and very popular with schools and colleges because they suit such a broad range of learning styles and abilities and are an excellent start for vocational study and enable progression to Level 3 qualifications such as our Cambridge Technicals.
Cambridge Nationals are equivalent in size to GCSE and are included on the Key Stage 4 performance tables.
Following a recent decision from Ofqual, we will not be redeveloping the GCSE in Child Development, and therefore the last exam for the GCSE will be June 2018. To fill the gap, we are developing a Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Child Development which will follow closely the format of the GCSE and be the same size at 120GLH.
It will consist of three units; one examined and two internally assessed and externally moderated, comprising 40% for the exam and 30% for the other two units. Like all Cambridge Nationals, there are two exam sessions a year, with opportunities for resits and the best mark counts.
After consultations with schools and colleges we will be including new topics in the Cambridge National, such as internet safety and travel systems, which are not in the current GCSE.
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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.
Earlier this year, we informed schools and colleges that our Cambridge National Certificate in ICT had been omitted from the 2017 KS4 Performance Tables.
We are delighted to confirm today that the DfE has reviewed its decision and has included the Cambridge National Certificate in ICT on the Performance Tables for 2017.
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