Subject advisors from a range of Cambridge Nationals subjects have worked together to create this blog. We explain what candidate style work is and how teachers could use it to help the delivery of the new qualifications.
Candidate style work is a resource that can be accessed by teachers through Teach Cambridge. The aim of the resource is to help with understanding of how NEA work could be marked using the marking criteria.
Candidate style work was created by senior assessors at OCR to give teachers an idea of how a student might tackle the tasks set out in the set assignment. It is not designed to act as a template or guide to how students should structure and produce work and does not in any way indicate an endorsed approach to creating an NEA task. As always, students are encouraged to produce work in the way they feel most comfortable.
You should use candidate style work alongside other resources to aid your understanding of the criteria and how work could be marked. It is also important to point out that, as stated at the front of the document, you should not share candidate style work with students and it should not be used as an exemplar or to submit as evidence.
The key difference between these two types of resources are that candidate style work was written by an adult with subject expertise while candidate exemplar work has been completed and submitted by a student in an assessment series that has been through standardisation with our moderators.
When we launched the new Cambridge Nationals for first teach in 2022, we created candidate style work to help support your understanding of how marks could be applied in relation to the different mark bands. It’s important to note that we produced this resource using the sample set assignment and not using the live assignment that your students will work from. Also, not all tasks are covered, and grading is holistic.
Candidate exemplar work is produced using a selection of actual students’ work from the most recent assessment series. When candidates work is submitted for assessment, it goes through the standardisation process with the moderation team to make sure there’s a level playing field for all candidates. This ensures consistency across centres and that all work is marked to the same standard. Each year, exemplars will be released after a full assessment series has taken place.
Candidate style work is designed to support your understanding of how your students work could be marked against the marking criteria. You could use it:
Candidate style work is helpful for teachers; however, it is important to be aware of the limitations and any potential problems it could lead to.
A good understanding of these issues will help you get the best out of the resources and avoid the possible pitfalls.
We have lots of other resources available to support you in your delivery of Cambridge Nationals subjects. Here’s a list of some of those available, but please check the subject page of Teach Cambridge for any other subject-specific resources and updates.
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