OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technicals

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (Engineering only)

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma (Engineering only)

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

  • Note: Available for first teaching September 2015, the suite of Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Engineering qualifications has been developed to meet the DfE requirements for Applied General or Technical level; this includes external assessment. The first cohort will complete their qualification in June/July 2017. Please see www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/vocational-education-and-skills/cambridge… for more information.
Countries
  • England
  • Northern Ireland
  • Wales
Purpose

The Cambridge Technical qualifications have been developed to provide learners with:

  • the opportunity to develop essential knowledge and transferable and personal skills necessary for further education and employment
  • practical skills and knowledge for progression into a variety of job roles in the sector
Education context

Level 3 Cambridge Technicals were introduced in September 2012 as replacements for the Level 3 OCR Nationals. The first cohort completed their qualifications in June / July 2014 and would have applied to HE for September 2014 entry.

Following the Wolf Review of vocational qualifications, the UK Government announced a number of characteristics that Level 3 Applied General and Technical level qualifications must demonstrate to feature in performance tables from 2016, as well as an extended list of characteristics required from 2018.

The current OCR Cambridge Technicals qualifications meet the 2016 requirements for purpose, size and recognition.

The additional Department for Education (DfE) requirement for the 2018 performance tables in England is that all Level 3 Applied General and Technical level qualifications have external assessment. Additionally Technical level qualifications require employer involvement in delivery and assessment.

Each qualification in the suite will be revised to meet the 2018 requirements for one of the new categories of Applied General and Technical level qualifications.

Awarding organisation
  • OCR
Structure

There are seven different sizes of qualification in the family:

  • Certificate 180 hours
  • Extended Certificate 360 hours (Engineering only)
  • Introductory Diploma 360 hours
  • Subsidiary Diploma 540 hours
  • Foundation Diploma 540 hours (Engineering only)
  • Diploma 720 hours
  • Extended Diploma 1,080 hours

The rules of combination for the qualification specify the minimum credit to be achieved through mandatory and optional units. Note: Units in Cambridge Technicals in Engineering do not have credit.

All qualifications contain mandatory and optional content.

Each unit has a credit value based on its size. One credit is equal to learning outcomes achievable in 10 hours of learning. Note: This does not apply to Cambridge Technicals in Engineering, as the units in Engineering do not have credit.

All constituent units are at Level 3.

Students may complete their qualification requirements at a number of points during a year, as the grade is calculated on the basis of unit-level achievement.

Note: Cambridge Technicals in Engineering have different titles: see link above in the first section listing the qualifications. 

Subject areas
  • Art and design
  • Business
  • Health and social care
  • Information technology
  • Media
  • Performing arts
  • Sport
  • Engineering

Engineering has been developed to meet new DfE requirements, please see link above in the first section listing the qualifications.

Information on the full range of subject titles and the content and assessment of the Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technicals, may be accessed: www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by-type/cambridge-technicals/

Levels
  • Level 3

Cambridge Technicals are seen as spanning Level 3.

Grading

Grading is based on the following four domains:

  • Application of knowledge and understanding
  • Development of practical and technical skills
  • Personal development for occupational roles
  • Application of generic skills

All qualification grading is based on the aggregation of points achieved in constituent units. Grades at qualification level are: Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* (P, M, D, D*).

Cambridge Technicals in Engineering include a U grade.

Large qualifications have double or triple grades as follows:

Qualification Available grades
Certificate P, M, D, D*
Introductory Diploma / Extended Certificate P, M, D, D*
Subsidiary Diploma / Foundation Diploma PP, MP, MM, DM, DD, D*D, D*D*
Diploma PP, MP, MM, DM, DD, D*D, D*D*
Extended Diploma PPP, MPP, MMP, MMM, DMM, DDM, DDD, D*DD, D*D*D, D*D*D*

Note: Please see link above in the first section listing the qualifications, for information regarding Cambridge Technicals in Engineering, which also include a U grade.

Assessment

Assessment of units may be by centre-set assignments.

Assessment of all units can take place at a time to suit learners and centres. There are no timetabled exams required. Note: Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Engineering do contain some external assessment, please see link above in the first section listing the qualifications. Tutors and assessors can draw on real work-based opportunities for learners to generate evidence.

Performance at unit level is graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction, with the exception of Cambridge Technical in Engineering which also includes an Unclassified grade.

Unit grades are aggregated to provide an overall grade for the qualification.

All units are centre-assessed and externally moderated by OCR, except for the externally assessed units in Engineering.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Learners who achieve the minimum eligible credit value specified by the rule of combination for a qualification will achieve the qualification at pass grade.

Learners will be awarded Merit and Distinction grades above this level by the aggregation of points gained through the successful achievement of individual units.

Points are awarded per credit, with the exception of Engineering (see below). For each Level 3 credit students will achieve the following number of points:

Pass Merit Distinction
7 8 9

For a unit with a credit value of 10, a student achieving Merit will achieve 80 points (8 x 10).

Engineering units are 60glh and the student’s performance in the unit will attract the following points:

Pass Merit Distinction Unclassified
14 16 18 0

The grade Distinction* is only available at qualification level, and reflects high level achievement across a number of units.

The grade ranges for each qualification are as follows:

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate

210 – 229 Pass P

230 – 249 Merit M

250 – 259 Distinction D

260 and above Distinction* D*

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

420 – 459 Pass P

460 – 499 Merit M

500 – 519 Distinction D

520 and above Distinction* D*

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

630 – 659 PP

660 – 689 MP

690 – 719 MM

720 – 749 DM

750 – 769 DD

770 – 789 D*D

790 and above D*D*

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma

840 – 879 PP

880 – 919 MP

920 – 959 MM

960 – 999 DM

1,000 – 1,029 DD

1,030 – 1,059 D*D

1,060 and above D*D*

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

1,260 – 1,299 PPP

1,300 – 1,339 MPP

1,340 – 1,379 MMP

1,380 – 1,419 MMM

1,420 – 1,459 DMM

1,460 – 1,499 DDM

1,500 – 1,529 DDD

1,530 – 1,559 D*DD

1,560 – 1,589 D*D*D

1,590 and above D*D*D*

Note: Please refer to link above in the first section listing the qualifications for information about the grading of Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Engineering.

Resit arrangements

The units are internally assessed; students may resit elements of assessment to improve their level of achievement prior to submission to OCR.

OCR automatically calculates the qualification grade for learners when unit grades are submitted.

NB: In the case of the external assessment in the Cambridge Technicals in Engineering, learners can only resit the external assessment once after the first sitting – see link above in the first section listing the qualifications.

Guided / notional learning hours
Certificate: 180 hours
Introductory Diploma and Extended Certificate: 360 hours
Subsidiary Diploma and Foundation Diploma: 540 hours
Diploma: 720 hours
Extended Diploma: 1080 hours
Guided / notional learning hours notes

Note: Please see link above in the first section listing the qualifications for information about Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Engineering.

UCAS Tariff points

OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate

Grade Points
D* 28
D 24
M 16
P 8

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

Grade Points
D* 56
D 48
M 32
P 16

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

Grade Points
D* 56
D 48
M 32
P 16

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

Grade Points
D*D* 84
D*D 78
DD 72
DM 60
MM 48
MP 36
PP 24

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

Grade Points
D*D* 84
D*D 78
DD 72
DM 60
MM 48
MP 36
PP 24

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

Grade Points
D*D* 112
D*D 104
DD 96
DM 80
MM 64
MP 48
PP 32

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

Grade Points
D*D*D* 168
D*D*D 160
D*DD 152
DDD 144
DDM 128
DMM 112
MMM 96
MMP 80
MPP 64
PPP 48
Key issues for UK HE admissions

The first cohort of students with Cambridge Technicals completed their qualifications in June / July 2014, and will have applied to higher education for September 2014 entry. The first cohort of Engineering students will complete in summer 2017 and will be applying to higher education for September 2017 entry. Students may combine OCR qualifications with other qualifications, such as AS and A levels, or may take a programme entirely made up of OCR qualifications.

Subject relevance of OCR Cambridge Technicals to higher education programmes is often seen as particularly key for admissions tutors.

Timing of assessments and results

Students are assessed throughout their programme of learning and may submit units for qualification award at any point.

Results are provided on a rolling basis.

Examinations for Engineering take place in January and June.

Students submitting units for calculation of their qualification by the deadline for the summer will receive results in July.

UCAS applicants will have their results sent directly to UCAS on the same day as A level students.

Qualification dates notes

These qualifications are current..

Revised Cambridge Technicals are available for first teaching September 2016.  These revised qualifications follow the same model as the Cambridge Technicals in Engineering, and have been designed to meet DfE requirements for Applied General or Technical level qualifications from 2018.

Reporting of results and certification information

Will be made available by OCR through its website after first results are issued in August and then annually.

Further information

DfE guidance on requirements for vocational qualifications for inclusion in performance tables: www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeople/qandlearning/otherqualifications/a00222542/vocational-qualifications-16-19-year-olds