There are no terminal rules for Cambridge Nationals. Units can be taken in any available series and do not need to be taken at the end of the course. A certification entry must be made in the final series. If the certification entry is not made before results are issued, centres may use the post-results ‘late certification’ process.
Candidates may certificate for the Award, Certificate and Diploma concurrently, or they may certificate for a qualification of one size and later certificate for a larger qualification, with the units used towards the first qualification being reused towards the subsequent qualification(s).
The ‘early entry’ rule is a rule that is applied to qualifications that count towards Key Stage 4 performance tables. It helps define which qualification will count when two qualifications which discount each other are taken by a learner or where the same qualification is taken more than once by a learner. For Cambridge Nationals the early entry date is the date we award the full qualification. Cambridge Nationals full qualifications can be claimed in a November, January or June series. Awarding takes place shortly after the series:
For Cambridge Nationals, it is the best grade of all units taken (including any permitted resits or resubmissions) that counts towards the final grade, but it is the date of the award of the first overall certification result that is reported to the DfE and used for the performance tables. Note: Cambridge Nationals restrict resits of the externally assessed unit to one resit before certification. This does not apply to the internally assessed units or Cambridge Nationals in ICT (R001).
Full details of the discounting rules, the list of Key Stage 4 discount codes and the early entry guidance for schools can be found on the DfE website.