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OCR has developed 37 new qualifications for first teaching in 2015 and is currently developing a further 47 for 2016 in response to educational reforms.
To help those who teach other general qualifications, we can now share OCR’s re-development plans for 2017. These are provisional as we await final confirmation from Ofqual that these subjects are appropriate as GCSEs or AS/A Levels and we will provide regular updates to keep teachers informed.
The following OCR qualifications are scheduled at this stage for re-development, for first teaching in 2017:
GCSEs in Ancient History, Biblical Hebrew, Business, Classical Civilisation, Design and Technology, Economics, Environmental and Land-Based Science, Health and Social Care, ICT, Media Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Statistics.
AS and A Levels in Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, Critical Thinking (AS only), Design and Technology, Film Studies, Geology, Government and Politics, Health and Social Care, ICT, Law, Maths, Further Maths and Media Studies.
Decisions about maths subjects at A and AS Level are dependent upon further guidance from Ofqual and from the Department for Education.
OCR offers as broad a range of qualifications to support teachers and students as possible. However on-going reform by government and the exams regulator, low levels of uptake and, lastly, the availability of alternative qualifications, mean a small number of qualifications will no longer be available for teaching in 2017 (see table below). As a not for profit organisation, these are difficult decisions based on managing our commitments to reach as many teachers and learners as possible.
Mark Dawe, OCR Chief Executive said: “We are really excited about redeveloping a wide range of qualifications for 2017 and aim to bring the fresh ideas and approaches that we’ve bought to the dozens of qualifications developed so far.”
We will help to advise teachers on alternative qualifications to suit them and their students. These may be within our own vocational range, or those offered by our sister exam board, Cambridge International Examinations. For advice on alternative qualifications, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01223 553998.
We will confirm shortly the date of final assessment sessions for each of the affected qualifications.
The OCR qualifications that will not be redeveloped for teaching in 2017, with suggested alternatives within OCR or from CIE, are listed below.