This blog was originally published on 12 July 2022. We've now updated how 'raw marks' are reported for units and components.
Alison Leather - Customer Support Manager (South East)
It doesn’t seem very long since I was preparing last year’s results blogs and, despite the challenges of the last year, I’m so pleased that for the first summer since 2019 we’re able to talk about issuing exam-based results. As usual, in this blog I’ll provide a summary of what will be available and how our results documents can support your results days.
To see how GCSE and A Level results will be awarded this year, take a look at Ofqual’s latest blog post.
Results will be issued to centres at 12.01am on the following dates, known as restricted release:
They can be given to students from 8am on results days (the day after restricted release). This is different to last summer when results were issued later than usual to coincide with the UK-wide release of Higher Education application outcomes.
Please remember that results must remain confidential until this time.
Results data must also not be shared more widely until after the students have received their results and, remember, you can only release results to local authorities or the media after 9.30am on results day. See the JCQ release of results guidance for further details.
We’ll be issuing EDI results files as normal just after midnight on restricted results release. To download the results files, you’ll need the latest version of the basedata. At the time of writing, we’ve only produced one version of the basedata but it’s always worth checking that you have the latest version – just in case! If you need help with refreshing your basedata, Capita SIMS have put together a YouTube video to show you how.
We now provide results files which contain component marks (in addition to qualification marks and grades) for linear qualifications such as GCSEs, AS and A Levels.
Developed jointly by the JCQ awarding bodies, these XML files will be issued via the A2C Transport application at the same time as your EDI files and can be imported into your management information system (MIS). This will allow you to use this data to produce more in-depth analysis and reports for students, teachers and other stakeholders.
How to import the files will depend on your supplier’s implementation. Please contact your MIS supplier for more details. For some MIS you may need to import both the EDI and XML files.
You can read more on our Online Support Centre.
We’ll be providing refreshed EDI and XML results files weekly as usual until the post-results deadline at the end of September via Interchange. To access the updated files, log into Interchange, hover over ‘Results’ in the left-hand menu and click on ‘EDI Results’ – if you do choose to use these updated files, they’ll overwrite any manual changes you’ve made to results.
We know reporting GCSE and A Level component results, which are linear qualifications, can still be challenging. The following reports are designed to support you with this:
Please note: For moderated components, the 'raw marks' within the statement of marks and the results and grade thresholds report include any scaling applied during the moderation. For all components, the 'raw marks' within the statement of marks also include any special consideration adjustments, whereas the raw mark in the results and grade thresholds report does not include this.
To access the reports, log in to Interchange, hover over ‘Results’ and click on ‘Results documents’ in the left-hand menu.
For GCSEs and A Levels, which are linear, grade boundaries are set at qualification level. However, to see how performance in a particular component contributes to the overall qualification grade, we publish ‘notional’ grade boundaries at component level. See our GCSE and A Level fact sheets that explain what grade boundaries are and how results are calculated using them.
In order to minimise the chance of students feeling anxious if they see grade boundaries without their results, grade boundaries will be published on the OCR website at 8am on results day. Grade boundaries will still be available to view on restricted release days on Interchange within the results and grade threshold report.
Grade boundaries must not be shared with students or more widely until 8am on results day. Doing so could be considered malpractice.
Results can be analysed using our free results analysis service, Active Results. To access Active Results, you need either the centre administrator or tutor/teacher roles so it’s a good idea to make sure everyone within your centre has the right access before results day.
June 2022 data will be available in Active Results at 8am on results days (candidate release) for general use and for analysis on the previous exams series. This year you’ll be able to see historic results data from June 2018 and January, June and November 2019. We won't be including any data on centre-assessed grades (CAGs) from June 2020 or teacher-assessed grades (TAGs) from June 2021.
You can read more on Active Results and view step-by-step instructions on how to access each report on our website.
However you manage results days this summer, I hope they go smoothly for you, your colleagues and your students.
Alison is Customer Support Manager for the South East region. The Customer Support Team provides support, training and guidance for centres administering OCR qualifications.
Alison has worked in education since 1995, as an Exams Manager in a college, a Centre Support Officer with the National Assessment Agency (NAA) and an Exams Officer in a secondary school – so she knows how challenging and rewarding it can be working in the exams office. Alison joined OCR as Customer Support Manager in 2007.