This update was first published on 6 November 2023. We can confirm we're updating our specifications to include a reminder on collecting evidence of student performance and a link to our resilience guidance. You'll be able to view the updated specifications on the qualification pages of our website and Teach Cambridge.
Ofqual has published guidance for GCSEs, AS and A Levels and Project qualifications as part of long-term contingency arrangements to improve the resilience of the qualifications system if exams are unable to go ahead at a national level. We can also confirm the arrangements for our other general qualifications and vocational qualifications.
The Ofqual guidance covers:
For GCSEs, AS and A Levels made up of exams only or made up of exams and non-exam assessment:
See the Ofqual guidance for the full arrangements.
For Core Maths and FSMQ, which are linear exam-only qualifications, schools and colleges should gather evidence using the principles in the Ofqual guidance for qualifications with exams.
For Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals (2016 suite) qualifications, which are unitised and have a high proportion of centre assessment, assessment is normally completed, with unit results being issued during the students’ course of study. Therefore, further evidence may not be required.
However, if teachers plan to carry out all the assessment at the end of the course, for example, within the June series or final term in the students’ last year, schools and colleges should gather assessment evidence.
Evidence should enable alternative methods of awarding grades, such as teacher assessed grades (TAGs). For example, as for GCSEs and A Levels, evidence from one set of mocks in exam conditions should be sufficient. Students should be supported to complete their non-exam assessment (NEA) wherever possible.
Please see the Ofqual guidance.
For all other OCR qualifications which do not have exams, the principles in the Ofqual guidance for subjects that do not have exams apply:
If an OCR vocational qualification is being used to confirm occupational competence, all assessment would still need to be completed for the qualification to be awarded.
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