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The first step to offering OCR qualifications is becoming an approved centre.
The approval processes are different depending on whether you wish to offer general qualifications such as GCSEs, AS/A Levels (and Cambridge Nationals) or vocational qualifications such as Functional Skills and Cambridge Technicals.
All centres must abide by the OCR terms of business.
For general qualifications and Cambridge Nationals, you need to have a minimum of ten candidates per year.
You also need to follow the JCQ General Regulations and, where relevant, the following JCQ publications:
Once you're approved, you can offer any of our general qualifications/Cambridge Nationals without having to seek approval individually.
To apply for centre approval, complete the following forms and return them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Approval needs to be obtained for each qualification. Depending on the qualification, you need to follow the appropriate documentation listed below:
Before applying, please read the following guidance:
To apply, download the following form and email to email@example.com
Once approved, please tell us about the OCR qualifications you are teaching or plan to teach with the expression of interest online form.
Depending on your circumstances we may contact awarding bodies for references, arrange for a representative to visit your centre or carry out a credit check.
A visit from one of our team will be required if:
See the fees list for details of fees charged for approval visits.
If you are a company, sole trader or partnership, we have a credit checking process in place to help us verify your credit worthiness.
You need to have been established, and trading on credit terms, for a minimum of six months and be able to supply us with two credit references (banks, solicitors and accountants are not considered as trade creditors and cannot be used as referees).
If you cannot satisfy these requirements, we will be unable to process your application.
We can, however, review your application after six months of trading.
If you cannot meet these criteria but think there are extenuating circumstances, please email the details to the Customer Contact Centre.
Once your application is approved you will receive a letter of confirmation. You can then enter candidates for the qualifications that you are approved to offer.
Approval is subject to continued centre activity; if there are no entries or certification claims for a qualification for three consecutive years, centre approval will automatically lapse for that qualification.
In addition, your full vocational centre approval will lapse if you have not made any entries or certification claims for any vocational qualification for three years.
Get in touch with our Customer Contact Centre.