The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has published detailed guidance for schools and colleges to support the delivery of teacher assessed grades and help your students to progress this summer. This follows the decisions confirmed in February that students’ grades would be based on teacher assessment.
The new JCQ guidance provides detailed information on the key processes involved. There's also a range of materials and templates to support centres on the JCQ website.
To support your grading decisions, there are links within the JCQ guidance to the final version of Ofqual’s guidance on submitting teacher assessed grades and regulatory framework, which were published on 24 March 2021. A link to Ofqual’s guidance on objectivity is also available.
The JCQ guidance applies to GCSEs, AS and A Levels, as well as our Extended Project Qualifications.
The guidance also covers other general qualifications (Entry Level, Core Maths and FSMQ) although there may be minor differences in the quality assurance process – we'll provide more details shortly.
For Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals, much of the JCQ guidance applies and we've provided comprehensive guidance for any differences on our website.
For our other vocational qualifications, please see our subject information update.
Please read our news article for more details about the JCQ guidance and links to further support.
All Interchange Centre Administrators with entries this summer should now have received their 'Centre Admin' login details for the OCR Grade Submission System to be able to set up the following roles:
If you have not yet received your login details, please let us know. If your link has expired, you can simply go to the Grade Submission login page and click 'Forgot password' to resend the link.
All centres are required to create a centre policy setting out the processes to be followed for determining grades in an appropriate, consistent and fair way. A pre-populated template option is available, which can be adopted in full or amended. Heads of Centre will also need to produce a summary of the policy. You will only be required to produce one full centre policy and complete one centre policy summary, even if you have entries with more than one awarding organisation.
The centre policy summary is an online form to be completed on the JCQ Centre Admin Portal (CAP) by 30 April 2021. The full centre policy should also be uploaded as an attachment when the summary form is completed. You can access CAP via Interchange (click on 'JCQ Centre Admin Portal' in the left-hand menu).
When you've submitted your form, please make a note of the reference. You will need this if you want to use CAP to view or print your form later.
For step-by-step guidance on how to submit your Centre Policy, please see the JCQ website.
JCQ has published a stage 3 quality assurance update to help explain the sampling of evidence process.
Please see our Quality assurance sampling support pages on how to prepare, upload and submit samples of student work.
For information on how to make entries for summer 2021, please view our FAQs:
For further arrangements, you can also view our FAQs on the following:
We will not be charging for tier changes this summer. This applies to GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science and Maths. See our communication for further details.
You'll be able to submit your teacher assessed grades using the Grade Submission System from 26 May.
The deadline for submitting teacher assessed grades is 18 June 2021.
Please remember that teacher assessed grades must remain confidential and cannot be given to students before results are issued.
The deadline for submitting endorsement grades has been extended until 18 June 2021.
Please submit grades for the GCSE English Spoken Language and A Level Science practical endorsements as normal using Interchange or EDI. See our guidance on submitting your grades via Interchange.
Endorsement grades can be given to students before they're submitted to OCR.
You need to submit the NEA head of centre declaration form to us for your practical endorsements by 18 June. We've updated the NEA form to remove GCSE Sciences and to include this revised date. If you have already returned the previous version of the form, you do not need to send it again.
The usual process for submitting special consideration applications to us won't apply this summer. Please see the guidance and decision tree infographic from JCQ on special consideration for summer 2021.
The deadline for access arrangements has passed but we will continue to process any applications made. As indicated in the JCQ Guidance, applications for access arrangements should still be made despite examinations not taking place in 2021. See our FAQ for more details.
Results are made available to centres from 12.01am the day before they can be released to candidates. This is known as restricted release. Results can be given to candidates from 8.30am on results day, which is a later time than last year.
We've updated the June 2021 series basedata (6a21 and 6b21) for general qualifications and Cambridge Nationals.
If you need help with refreshing your basedata, Capita SIMS have put together a YouTube video to show you how.
Take a look at our blog on supporting exams officers on results days for GCSEs, AS/A Levels and Cambridge Nationals.
Cambridge Technicals results will be issued on 9 August and can be given to students as soon as they are issued. However, you may wish to issue them at the same time as A Level results.
If you made EDI entries or included the UCI when you made entries via Interchange, we'll be issuing results via EDI (at 12.01).
If you made your qualification entries in the previous year, please make sure you've downloaded the current year's basedata:
If you are a SIMS user and want to import your qualification results into the summer season, we produce specific ‘summer’ basedata to enable you to do this. This ‘summer’ basedata is an optional download.
Take a look at our blog on supporting exams officers on results days for Cambridge Technicals.
Results data must not be shared more widely until after the candidates have received their results and don't forget, you can't release results to local authorities or the media until 9.30am on results day. See the JCQ release of results guidance for further details.
See our Results pages for further information.
Ofqual has published the consultation decisions relating to its guidance on appeals and the JCQ has published detailed guidance on the appeals process in place for summer 2021 results, which are based on teacher assessment. You may find it helpful to view the JCQ's FAQs on appeals too.
We have summarised the appeals guidance in our news story and we’ve produced a quick guide to appeals this summer to support you and teachers.
You can also view our summer 2021 appeals guidance for our vocational qualifications (Functional Skills, Life and Living Skills, Digital Employability and Entry Level Award in Using ICT). The document identifies different scenarios that you may face and what action is needed.
Please see below the key dates for summer 2021 appeals.
In May 2021, Ofqual confirmed arrangements for exams in autumn 2021. Following consultations, decisions have now been published for GCSEs, AS and A Levels and other general qualifications. See our news story.
We've now published the key dates and final exam timetables on our website together with the fees for GCSEs and AS and A Levels and Cambridge Nationals. The entry code booklets will be available on our website by 12 August (we won't be sending hard copies of these).
The entry deadlines for the autumn 2021 series are listed below:
Basedata will be published on 9 and 11 August for A Levels and GCSEs respectively.
The autumn 2021 results days are listed below:
This year, we're running a range of events:
We're updating our frequently asked questions regularly. To receive an email notification each time a new 'FAQ' is added or updated, click on the ‘Follow’ link on the Exam Officers FAQs web page.
To make it easier for you, we've added links to our most recent communications to our exams officer updates page, so you can view them all in the same place.
We continue to use our social media channels – Facebook and Twitter – for those of you who find them useful but, if you don't use them, you won't miss anything!
The Exams Office gathers information on its website from stakeholders. This helps to make sure exams officers are keep up to date with the latest information in relation to this summer's awarding process.