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A bank of model assignments is provided by OCR for units R071 and R073. Centres must select from the model assignments provided, to use when assessing their learners.
Centres can make modifications to the model assignments that OCR provides so that the assignment can be put within a local context that learners might relate to more easily, or to allow for differences in the materials, equipment and facilities available at different centres. Guidance on what can be modified is given in each assignment in the section Teacher Information under Scope of permitted model assignment modification.
OCR will review the model assignments annually which may result in an assignment being withdrawn and replaced. It is up to the centre to check the website to see which model assignments are available to be used. We will give approximately 12 months notice if a model assignment is to be withdrawn and replaced so that we do not disadvantage any learners who have already started working on an assignment that is to be replaced.
For more information on the use of model assignments please see section 4.2 in the specification.
The final assessment opportunity for this qualification will be June 2018. There will be no resit opportunity available. The last year 10 cohort start date will be September 2016. The qualification is no longer included on KS4 performance tables.
Our Science provision is changing as part of the government reform of vocational and general qualifications. Cambridge Nationals in Science and Science in the Workplace no longer carry performance points, so OCR has made the difficult decision to not continue these qualifications following final assessment in summer 2018.
Alternative provision is available in the form of our new GCSE (9-1) Gateway Science and Twenty First Century Science suites, which have been redeveloped for first teaching from September 2016. The new suites (from 2016) each contain separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics specifications and a Combined Science (Double Award) specification.
This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The Cambridge Nationals in Science will equip students with sound, specialist scientific knowledge and skills for everyday use. This qualification challenges students through encouraging independence and creativity in addition to offering transferable skills for future study or the workplace.
We’ve put together this guide to give additional guidance on how internal standardisation may be approached. These guidelines must be used in conjunction with the Centre Handbook and Admin Guide relevant to the qualification you are delivering.
The teaching and learning resources on this page must not be used for summative assessment purposes. As part of our teaching we expect support to be given to your learners; such support is not permissible for summative assessment and is likely to be considered malpractice.
This is a guide for teachers so that you can see how we would mark work, Cambridge Nationals are designed to give learners the project and let them create the work. The guide contains sample learner work for this unit and covers all learning objectives, graded at Marking Band 1 (MB1) and Marking Band 3 (MB3).
This resource brings together the questions from the June 2013 examined unit R072/01, the marking guidance, the examiner’s comments and the exemplar answers into one place for easy reference.
This resource brings together the questions from the June 2013 examined unit R072/02, the marking guidance, the examiner’s comments and the exemplar answers into one place for easy reference.
An Excel based tool which enables teachers to see how a holistic approach to delivery can enable teaching and learning of other subjects alongside Cambridge Nationals in Science.
Some interesting ideas from Practical Action to help inspire your learners to consider the design of products.
This document provides links to resources provided by Practical Action.