This information applies to Entry Level Certificate, GCSE, AS and A Level, and Applied AS and A Level Art and Design.
Art exams are public exams and must comply with the JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations, available on the JCQ website.
Question papers are sent on the basis of your estimated entries.
Once question papers arrive, for legacy qualifications, subject teachers can have brief access to them in the Exams Office (in the presence of the exams officer) to ensure adequate resources are available for candidates during their exam. The papers must then be stored securely until given to candidates.
For the new reformed qualifications, teachers are not allowed to see the exam paper until its official release date, when they will also be published on the qualification pages of the OCR website.
For Applied AS and A Level (H013, H213, H413, H613), Units F142, F143 and F149, question papers are despatched earlier (in May of the previous academic year), on the basis of preliminary entries. These question papers can be viewed as soon as they are received, and can be made available to candidates at any time.
The table below outlines the amount of controlled exam and preparation time allocated to a specific qualification. These time limits mustn't be exceeded and all candidates must be given all the hours allocated for their exam:
If a minimum or maximum preparation or exam time is not specified, this can be determined by centres. ‘Weeks’ refers to school teaching weeks.
Access to computers and the Internet needs to be monitored and restricted if necessary.
Work stored electronically must be stored safely and securely, e.g. candidates must not be able to access it outside the exam.
If candidates save their work using devices such as data sticks, these must be left in the exam room and centres should have a backup procedure in place in case the data stick becomes corrupted.
The timed examination will normally be invigilated by an Art and Design teacher.
However, as the Art and Design teacher may be required to give technical assistance to an individual candidate, additional invigilators can be used at the centre's discretion to make sure the supervision of candidates is maintained at all times.
For the key things you need to be aware of when invigilating OCR art timed exams, take a look at our blog post.
Each submission, including preparatory work, must be authenticated as the candidate’s own and having been completed in the allocated time.
For more information, see the internal assessment page.
Centres must keep all candidates’ work until results are released.
Work must not be released under any circumstances (e.g. for candidates to take to an interview) until the centre is absolutely clear a review of marking is not required.
Once you have submitted your internal assessment marks your allocated moderator will contact you to let you know the date and time of their visit. They will also send you details of the sample required.
As part of our quality checks, a team leader or senior moderator may accompany your moderator on their visit. If this happens, additional candidate work may be selected for training and educational purposes. Only one unit/component of work per candidate will be chosen and this will be collected by a courier. Your moderator can provide you with further guidance on what steps you need to take.
In readiness for your visit, please ensure that candidate work is set out in rank order, by individual unit/component.
Entry Level is moderated remotely, which means you will send your sample of student work to OCR to be moderated. This can be done either by submitting an electronic portfolio via the OCR Repository or by posting student work to the moderating team.
Once you have submitted your internal assessment marks you will be sent details of the sample required.
The work in the selected sample must be photographed and saved in an appropriate format. Individual candidates work must be clearly identified and separated by component. More information on preparing candidate work for submission via the repository can be found in the Entry Level Teacher's handbook.
You will be sent the relevant information on where to post your work before the submission date. Work can either be photographed or you can send actual student work. We would recommend large or fragile pieces are photographed and then included in the portfolio. All work must be clearly identified by candidate and component.
Your moderator will let us know the outcome of your moderation and you will receive a centre report from your moderator when results are issued.
Your centre report details your moderator's findings about the sample, any observations and scaling, the moderation display, and the overall trend within your centre. It also contains details about support we can provide.
If you are unhappy with the outcome of your moderation you may request a Service 3 post-results moderation review.
We recommend candidates photograph their work to create an e-portfolio which they can use for reference when applying to college or university and which will help you to build your centre resources.