Following a review of qualifications available for redevelopment for first teaching in 2017, difficult decisions have been taken not to redevelop GCSE Engineering or GCSE Manufacturing. We know that this will be disappointing news for teachers.
We offer as broad a range of qualifications to support teachers and students as possible. However, on-going reform by government and the exams regulator, low levels of uptake and the availability of alternative OCR qualifications in these subjects, mean that GCSE Engineering will no longer be available through OCR and GCSE Manufacturing will not be available through any awarding body following the final assessment series in June 2018. As a not for profit organisation, these are difficult decisions based on managing our commitments to reach as many teachers and learners as possible.
We will continue to support and assess the current qualifications up to the conclusion of the final assessment series.
OCR has a range of other subjects available that have been redeveloped for first teaching in 2015 and 2016. We are currently developing other AS, A Level and GCSE subjects for first teach in 2017 e.g. GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology and an AS/A Level Design Engineering endorsement through Design and Technology.
For centres looking for an alternative GCSE Level course to replace our GCSE Engineering and GCSE Manufacturing qualifications, we would recommend our Cambridge Nationals in Engineering suite:
GCSE Manufacturing is not currently being redeveloped by any awarding bodies. However, GCSE Engineering is currently being redeveloped by other awarding bodies. Information on providers of general qualifications can be found on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications.
For further information on deadlines for submitting entries, entry amendments/withdrawals and the submission of marks for internal assessment please see the Admin guide: 14-19 qualifications.
If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org