This is an updated version of the blog originally published in April 2022.
Vinay Thawait, Computer Science, IT and Creative iMedia Subject Advisor
Here at OCR we’ve had lots of queries from centres in recent weeks about marking coursework, or non-exam assessment (NEA). For our Cambridge Technical in IT Level 2/Level 3 (2016), this means the centre-assessed NEA units.
There have been questions about how to apply the grading criteria for different learning outcomes (LOs). This isn’t surprising as it wasn’t assessed in 2021 and 2022. We saw an increase in centres applying grading criteria appropriately as part of internal assessment of candidates’ work in the 2023 series. We’ve also had questions about administrative requirements, and about whether any allowances should be made when marking for the abnormal and difficult circumstances many students have had to contend with while completing their assignments.
As the JCQ guidance on NEA marking says:
“The centre should ensure that candidates are clear about the assessment criteria which they are expected to meet in their coursework. Specifications usually explain the criteria in detail. However, candidates may require some further explanation or interpretation before they fully understand the nature of the skills which they are expected to demonstrate. Any explanation or interpretation given by teaching staff must be general and not specific to a candidate’s work.
When marking the coursework, teachers must not give credit to any additional assistance given to candidates beyond that which is described in the specification. Teachers must give details of any additional assistance on the appropriate record form(s)."
More details are in the JCQ Coursework Instructions for conducting coursework.
In the light of the JCQ announcement, and the queries we’ve had from you, we thought it would be helpful to provide a quick summary of the support available to ensure that you are marking to the correct standard.
There are several resources that will help you have confidence in your application of the grading criteria for Cambridge Technical in IT L2/L3 (2016):
Information on visiting/virtual moderation for Cambridge Technicals is available on the administration section of our website.
For the Cambridge Technical in IT L2/L3 (2016), please note:
We hope that your students enjoy the research and analysis, the project development life cycle, designing, developing prototyping, testing and reviewing IT products. Each year we’re really impressed to see the range and diversity of IT solutions submitted.
Remember, there is support available for students when they come to think about solving the assignment scenarios and tasks:
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Vinay joined OCR in July 2014 to support the GQ reform and development of the AS and A-Level Computer Science qualifications. Since then, he has been involved in the development of the reformed GCSE (9-1) Computer Science, Entry Level Computer Science, and Cambridge National in IT. He is currently working on the new Level 3 Cambridge Advanced National (AAQ) in IT: Data Analytics and the Level 3 Cambridge Advanced National (AAQ) in Computing: Application development qualification. Before joining OCR, Vinay spent more than 20 years in IT and Computer Science teaching and leadership roles, working for several schools as well as local authorities educational support team. He was the National Bid Lead for the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) initiative within Capita IT, and also the Head of Operations for an audio-visual educational software development company. Vinay has a degree, three post-graduate masters and NPQH from Warwick, Coventry, and Nottingham Universities.