Nicola Claydon - Customer Support Manager (East)
In this blog, you’ll see hints and tips for managing Cambridge Nationals results, including what to look out for if you find you have any missing or incomplete results.
Cambridge Nationals are unitised qualifications. This means the qualifications can be taken in chunks, or units, throughout the course. At the end of the course, you make a free certification entry (‘cash-in’) to pull together all of the unit results into an overall subject grade.
This year, students may have a combination of live assessments, unit teacher assessed grades and a reduction in the number of assessments taken. They may also have an assessed grade where they were unable to take exams in January or June 2022 and were eligible for special consideration.
The overall grade for Cambridge Nationals will be determined in the standard way by adding together the uniform marks (UMS) for each unit and then awarding the overall grade based on the standard qualification grade boundaries:
See our FAQ for examples.
Units and qualifications are graded as follows:
The difficulty of unitised qualification exam papers may vary from year to year. In order to ensure fairness and consistency across years and within subjects, the raw examination marks are converted into a common scale. This scale is known as the uniform mark scale/score (UMS). It gives a fixed scale with common boundaries that are unchanged year on year and is used to make the marks compatible and comparable. The UMS grade boundaries are available on our grade boundaries page. To find out more about how unitised grades are calculated you can visit the results pages of our website and you can use our online tool to convert raw scores to UMS.
As for GCSEs, Cambridge Nationals results are embargoed until the official result release date. The results are then made available automatically at 12.01am on restricted results release day (24 August), and students can then be given their results from 8am the following day (25 August). An additional resource you might also find helpful is the JCQ release of results document, as this lets you know who’s allowed access to what and when.
You will receive two EDI result files on restricted results day. One results file will contain unit marks and grades, and the other is a certification file which contains qualification marks and grades (your GCSE results will also be in this file).
If you have requested a reduction in assessment for moderated units for certificating candidates, these results will be included with the rest of your moderated unit results – there will be nothing to distinguish them from units that have been assessed.
We’ll be providing updated EDI results files weekly until the end of the post-results period via Interchange. To access the files, log in to Interchange, hover over ‘Results’ and click on ‘EDI Results’ – if you do choose to use these files, they will overwrite any manual changes you’ve made to results.
Please note we will not be issuing an EDI file for examined units (assessed grades) from the January 2022 series where there was an approved special consideration absence. These results will be able to view in your Interchange results reports (see below).
You can also find a number of separate results reports on Interchange available for you to download from the restricted results release date.
In addition to the statement of marks (results slip) and results and grade threshold report (which contains grade boundary information), you may find the cumulative specification results report useful.
For each candidate, this report shows their qualification grade, total uniform mark, all unit results from all series and an indicator to show which units were used towards the qualification grade.
Have a look at the results reports page of our website for more information and to find examples of these reports.
If you have any missing results, the first thing to check is whether you still need to make a certification entry. You can make a late certification request via Interchange up to the closing date for this service (29 September).
You may also need to check your candidates have been entered for the correct combination of units. You can find more details on the entries rules page of our website.
If you still have missing results, you can submit a missing or incomplete results (MIR) request. To submit a request, log into Interchange and hover over ‘Post-results’ in the left hand menu. Click on ‘Missing and incomplete results’ and follow the on-screen instructions. This service is free of charge.
If a candidate grade is showing as ‘Q’, a result is pending or is currently unavailable. In each instance we should have contacted your centre in advance to explain why the result is pending. If you have not received any communication from us, please speak with your Head of Centre who will have more information about the issue.
If you encounter any of these issues, or have any further questions, please get in touch with our Customer Support Centre where our advisors will be more than happy to help.
Nicola started her career in education back in 2005 and has worked in various roles within colleges until she joined OCR in 2010. Nicola worked in the Operations Department before becoming a Customer Support Manager in 2014. Her experience in these roles has provided her with the knowledge to help support centres with the administration of OCR qualifications.