Rebecca Simcox, Health and Social Care Subject Advisor
Here at OCR, we’ve received lots of queries from centres in recent weeks about marking and grading work for non-examined assessment (NEA). For Health and Social Care this means R033, R034 and R035.
There have been questions about how to apply the mark scheme – unsurprisingly so, given that it is a new course, in its first year, and for most centres the current series will be the first time they are assessing it and submitting marks for moderation.
We’ve also had questions about administrative requirements, and for those that have already submitted work, for re-submissions as well as queries regarding adaptations.
Regarding that last point, hopefully you are aware that last summer the JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) released guidance, which makes it clear that all NEA work must be marked in the same way as before the pandemic disruption. This is really important as it will help ensure that all students’ work is marked to the same standards.
In the light of that recent JCQ announcement, and the queries we’ve been receiving from you, we thought it would be helpful to provide a quick summary of the support available to ensure 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 for J835:
The assessment of NEA units must be done in the same year that an assignment will be live. There will be two opportunities to submit, in January and May. Students can submit and re-submit in the same year on the same assignment. However, if a student would like to resubmit after the May deadline, they will need to submit on the new live assignment that will be released on 1 June every year.
Information on NEA administration generally is available on our website.
For the Cambridge National in Health and Social Care, J835, please remember to have completed the following points to ensure you are ready for moderation:
Avoiding malpractice is still important: remember that this year you aren’t providing any additional support or marking more leniently. The package of student support means that the reduction in assessment will take into consideration the circumstances students have faced. Further details are available in our FAQs.
It is also important to ensure that the URS form is fully and correctly completed and the assessor clearly shows their reasoning for marks awarded. This is a chance to have a dialogue with the student but also demonstrate to the moderator marks awarded and why.
The following resources will help you and your students understand and follow the requirements and process involved for Cambridge Nationals qualifications:
If you have any questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or read our FAQs, 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 pages.
Rebecca is the newest member of the Health and Social Care and Child Development subject advisor team. Before joining OCR, Rebecca was a teacher in an all-girls secondary school in Birmingham for over 19 years. She taught a variety of subjects, including Health and Social Care, PSHE, PE, Sport and Dance and has a particular interest in health and wellbeing.