The Instructions for conducting examinations (OCR ICE) has been updated and the 2016/17 version is now available on the OCR website. These regulations are applicable to the externally assessed components of Functional Skills, Cambridge Progression and Digital Employability Qualifications. A list, including the code and title, of these qualifications is provided at Appendix 12.
Any centre delivering these qualifications must ensure they have a copy of the 2016/17 version available in their centre and exam venue(s), and that all staff involved in the delivery of the qualifications are aware of and adhere to these regulations.
A summary of differences between the 2015/16 version (published in September 2015) is provided at the start of the updated Instructions and highlighted throughout in yellow.
In response to customer feedback we have reviewed and revised regulatory requirements regarding the transportation of exam materials to alternative exam venues as follows:
“If examination materials are being transported to an alternative exam venue they can be removed from the centre’s approved secure storage to accommodate appropriate travel time to the venue. This can be any time on the day the exam is scheduled to take place, without requesting permission from OCR.”
We have also reviewed the use of word processors by candidates which now allows centres to:
“...provide any candidate with a word processor (e.g. laptop, computer). Centres must check the question paper rubric and/or qualification specification and must disable the spelling and grammar check/predictive text if these are not permitted. This also includes an electronic brailler or a tablet. Centres do not need to submit a word processor cover script (JCQ/WP Form 4) with the candidate’s work.”
The OCR Instructions for conducting examinations (OCR ICE) is valid up to and including 31 August 2017.
If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 02476 851509.
This is a regulatory document for centres delivering Functional Skills and Digital Employability exams.