Having reviewed the new rules set by the qualifications regulators for awarding vocational and technical qualifications this academic year, OCN NI has produced detailed guidance documentation to help our centres come to appropriate assessment judgements. This guidance document ‘OCN NI Vocational and Technical Qualifications Guidance for the Vocational Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF)’ will provide clarity and detail on the technical aspects for alternative awarding arrangements 2020/21. Please take the time to read, understand and apply this process for making claims on all OCN NI qualifications.
Centres can access a downloadable version of this useful infographic which can be used to explain the awarding process with colleagues and learners. View here
The following documents support the OCN NI Guidance for Exceptional Arrangements – Assessing and Grading Essential Skills Qualifications with External Assessments 2021. As mentioned in said Guidance, which was distributed to all centres on 24th February 2021, the workbook is an externally set, internally moderated summative assessment which is required to be completed as per regulation. This should be presented unseen, and candidates are required to complete this unassisted. Whilst it is a controlled assessment, it can be performed in a more relaxed environment. Centres will have access to two workbooks per level, however, should a candidate successfully achieve one workbook, they are not required to complete a second.