The decision to adopt a new specification can sometimes appear daunting. There is a lot of information to weigh up; the course demands, the available support, as well as the needs and expectations of both the teacher and student.
To help decision makers come to an informed decision whether Cambridge Nationals are right for their centre, we recommend the following approach:
Make the most of the OCR website
The unit specifications will be available on the OCR website. While the overall programme of study might be familiar, it's important to check each unit specification to make sure that you're happy with the learning outcomes, knowledge, understanding and skills.
Take a tour of the sample assessments
They give a clear idea about the type of tasks to be undertaken. OCR will provide model assignments for centre assessed units. They can be used directly or adapted to suit your needs.
Make good marking decisions
The specification contains information on performance indicators, which indicate the level of attainment associated with grades, marking criteria glossary of terms and guidance on assessment for you to use in addition to the marking criteria to support your marking decisions.
Visit our online community, and by registering you'll have FREE access to a dedicated platform where teachers can engage with each other – and OCR – to share best practice, offer guidance and access a range of support materials produced by other teachers, such as lesson plans, presentations, videos and links to other helpful sites.
Enjoy support and guidance
It's wise to review our Report to Centres for generic guidance and explore the summary of key issues from previous assessment series. These will be available on the OCR website once the qualifications have been through their first cycle of assessment.
Get great training
Check OCR's website to see if there is a convenient course available. OCR's Professional Development courses are an excellent way to get practical advice on the best ways to deliver Cambridge Nationals.
Explore external websites
It's often worthwhile carrying out an internet search to see if there is any free or paid-for resource material available. But please always check that whatever material you incorporate into your teaching meets the qualification's assessment requirements.
- Become approved
- Training to support you
- Order free specifications
- Case studies
* These case studies refer to the current Nationals, the reputation of which, the new Cambridge Nationals have been built upon.