Cambridge Technical & National students to receive centre-assessed grades, exam board announces

Exam board OCR has announced students who took its Cambridge Technicals and Cambridge Nationals qualifications will receive their centre-assessment grades following the government’s U-turn on allowing GCSE and A-level students to do the same. 

OCR had been following a standardisation process similar to what had been used to decide A-level and GCSE grades, asking teachers to provide centre-assessment grades (CAGs) and rank orders, which were then combined with evidence from units students had already taken. 

However, OCR has now said: “We’re now committed to making centre assessment grades the basis for Cambridge Technicals and Cambridge Nationals results.  

“Students taking Cambridge Technicals and Cambridge Nationals can now use centre assessment grades given by their teachers, or their final grade we calculated, if that is the higher grade. When we re-issue results, no student grades will be lower than those we originally issued. 

“We understand you will have questions about when and how we will give you these results and we’re working hard to give you answers to that. We will provide further updates as soon as possible.” 

Ofqual said this afternoon that awarding bodies were looking at using CAGs for their students, including Pearson with its BTEC learners.