We've summarised the changes for our affected GCSE, AS and A Level qualifications, for students certificating in summer 2021.
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We’re committed to supporting everyone to deliver Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals and helping you deal with the on-going challenges in 2020-21. We shared proposals for adapting Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals with you at the end of September and we can now confirm the final unit-level changes in place to meet public health requirements.
We’ve reviewed all the units in our Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals being taken this academic year so we can provide you with guidance at qualification and unit level on changes to requirements or alternative approaches to support public health guidance. These changes are designed to make units to be taken in 2020/21 possible to complete, given the constraints you are working with, and to make sure that the learning outcomes and assessment criteria can still be met. The adaptations depend on the nature of the unit but include changes to make delivery easier for you such as:
We’ve now published our guide to the changes which clearly set out the changes for each affected unit. For some units, there are no changes. Please download these from the notice that sits at the top of each qualification page.
These should be used, alongside specifications and assignments, to plan and carry out assessments.
To support you, we’re offering Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals Q&A webinars with our subject advisors.
You can also contact our Customer Support Team on email@example.com for any questions.
If you have students looking to complete Cambridge Nationals qualifications next year, we'd encourage you to submit some, or as many of your moderated units as you can, before the summer 21 series. To support this, there will be no late entry fees applied for moderated units for the January series. If you're able to complete moderated units, please continue to submit entries to us at any point up to the end of 2020.
To continue to support your planning for the January 21 series, we're also pleased to confirm there will be no late fees for examined unit entries for Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals if you make your entries by 31 December 20. This is a small change from what we previously communicated to better support you and your students.
We know you still have lots of questions and we've collated some FAQ's for Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals.
Autumn series key dates
What to do if one of your students is self-isolating and not able to take an exam
We’ve produced some extra FAQs about helping a student to get a result when they are self-isolating and unable to sit an exam. Your exams officer can apply to us, using a process called ‘special consideration’, to calculate a final result for a student even if they were absent for an exam.
We’ve collated our most frequently asked questions to support you through 2020-2021. These include FAQs on the proposed approach for VTQs in the summer.
We've collated some useful resources, from us and our Cambridge colleagues, to support you with upcoming mocks and remote teaching and learning - find all this on our new support webpage.
Our new free ‘How to mark a mock’ workshops are available to book via our professional development hub. Currently available for GCSE Computer Science, GCSE Physics, A Level Biology, A Level Chemistry, A Level Psychology, A Level Religious Studies, GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language. More dates and subjects will be added shortly.
You can also use ExamBuilder, our free question-building platform, to create tailored question papers giving your students the opportunity to practice and build confidence ahead of their exams.
Our subject advisors have also written some blogs focusing on resources you can use, and handy hints and tips.
Do you have a virtual open day coming up? Download our Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals posters which highlight some of the career opportunities for students taking these qualifications.
All our professional development courses are running online. View upcoming webinars by visiting the professional development hub page.
Our online Teacher Networks are now available to book - these events offer the opportunity to discuss teaching and assessment, share ideas and best practice and build supportive networks.
You’re invited to join our Teacher Insight Panel. As part of this exclusive panel, we'll ask your opinions, showcase documents, videos, images and engage in discussions to get your feedback on all that we do. You’ll be helping to inform decisions around new and existing qualifications, support and teaching resources, and influence how we can provide the best possible outcomes for teachers and students.