This notice was updated on 25 October 2016 to include revised information about the availability of the combined AS and A Level Classics (unendorsed) route.
OCR’s current AS and A Level Classics suite (H038–H042 and H438–H442) is being withdrawn on a staggered basis in Summer 2017 and Summer 2018. This is linked to the government’s reform of general qualifications, where Latin and Classical Greek have been developed on a different timeline to Ancient History and Classical Civilisation.
In the reformed linear AS and A Level qualifications, examination boards cannot offer qualifications that allow centres and candidates the option to combine components from different subject areas. Therefore we will not be offering a direct replacement for AS and A Level Classics (H038 and H438).
Amendment: In response to centre feedback, and following further discussion with Ofqual, we have amended our withdrawal plan for the combined AS and A Level Classics (unendorsed) route. For an additional year we will allow candidates to combine Ancient History and Classical Civilisation units as part of our 'new legacy' AS and A Level Unendorsed Classics qualifications (H002, H402). The only assessment opportunity (first time entries) to use these new certification codes will be June 2018, with a resit in June 2019. Full details can be found in the October 2016 notice to centres.
The final assessment opportunity for each route through the specification is detailed below:
The final assessment opportunities for the 'new legacy' AS and A Level Classics (unendorsed) qualifications (H002, H402) are:
For first teaching in September 2016, OCR have developed:
For first teaching in 2017, OCR are currently developing:
Withdrawal of OCR’s GCSE Short Courses in Latin, Classical Greek, Ancient History and Classical Civilisation
Latin and Classical Greek
Our new GCSE (9–1) Latin and GCSE (9–1) Classical Greek qualifications have been redeveloped for first teaching in September 2016. We will be focusing our resources and support into providing you with the full course GCSEs in these subjects following their successful accreditation.
These specifications replace the current full and short courses. The final assessment opportunities for the current qualifications are:
The GCSE short courses in Latin and Classical Greek were not available for redevelopment. Our proposal for a Level 1/2 Certificate to fill the provision will unfortunately not be moving forward.
Ancient History and Classical Civilisation
The GCSE short courses in Ancient History and Classical Civilisation were not available for redevelopment.
The full courses for these qualifications have been redesigned to create engaging and exciting qualifications for students and will count towards Progress 8 measures.
Centres in Wales can take OCR’s reformed GCSEs, AS and A Levels in Latin and Classical Greek for first teach in September 2016 under arrangements for smaller entry subjects. We are awaiting confirmation on what subjects OCR can provide in Wales for first teach in 2017.
Centres in Northern Ireland can take OCR’s reformed AS and A Levels in Classics subjects, but should contact CCEA for more information on reformed GCSE specifications available in Northern Ireland.
For further information on deadlines for submitting entries, entry amendments/withdrawals and the submission of marks for internal assessment please see the administration section of the OCR website. We will continue to support and assess the current qualifications up to the conclusion of the final assessment series with resources such as Examiner Reports.
If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.