Sarah Ash and Sarah Millington, Health and Social Care and Child Development Subject Advisors
As we have received queries from teachers about assessing and marking the non-examined assessment (NEA) for the Cambridge Nationals for both Health and Social Care and Child Development, we thought it would be helpful to provide a summary of the process and the support available to help you make sure that you are marking to the correct standard.
There are several resources that will help you have confidence in your application of the mark scheme and key to this is applying a ‘best fit’ approach to marking.
In some health and social care criteria, numbers are given of how many ‘things’ we are expecting to see, e.g. number of factors. Students should always be working to complete the criteria fully. In your discussions with students to prepare them for delivery (section 6.1 of the specification), you are obliged to make students understand what they need to do to get the highest marks possible by talking them through the assignment and the criteria (section 6.2 of the specification).
When giving feedback on progress you can identify what task and part of the task can be improved. If necessary you can use an anonymised piece of work from another student for another unit as a model answer (section 6.3 of the specification).
You should always mark positively any evidence that you see and always follow the best fit approach (see section 6.4.1 of the specification) when deciding the extent to which the statements within the band have been achieved. It could be that an answer convincingly meets nearly all requirements, or it might meet many of the requirements, and you decide where it most appropriately fits. You should only award zero if work does not meet any mark band 1 (MB1) criteria. After following the best fit approach if you see no evidence towards MB1 criteria you should therefore award zero.
Candidate work must be assessed and submitted for moderation in the same year that an assignment is live. There are two opportunities to submit in 2024: January 10 and May 15. If you feel that candidates would benefit from a resubmission after the results are published from the summer series, they can re-enter using the new live assignment which will be published on June 1.
General information on NEA administration is available on our website.
Please always check that the following points to ensure you are ready for moderation:
The following resources offer general help with understanding and following the process involved with the Cambridge Nationals qualifications and will help you and your students:
Share the Student guide to the NEA with your students and display the accompanying poster in your classroom to show at a glance how to reference and avoid plagiarism
Watch the video on how to complete the unit recording sheet that is available on Teach Cambridge.
If you have any questions you can read our FAQs, email us at email@example.com, call us on 01223 553998 or tweet us @OCR_Health. You can also sign up to subject updates and receive information about resources and support. You can also engage with us and other teachers on the Community page
Sarah Ash and Sarah Millington both offer advice and support for Cambridge Nationals in Child Development and Health and Social Care, along with support and advice for Cambridge Technicals Level 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care. Both have been involved with the redevelopment of the Cambridge Advanced National (AAQ) in Health and Social Care.