Cambridge Technicals 

Prepare for change

Less admin more time to teach

Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3 for students aged 16+. They can be offered alongside A Levels as part of a balanced curriculum. 

Designed to support progression to higher education, they attract UCAS tariff points and are eligible for Key Stage 5 Performance tables for 2021-2022

Cambridge Technicals explained brochure

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Prepare for change

Following our recent Prepare For Change events, we’re delighted to share with you the presentations from the day along with a whole host of key support materials and online training to help you plan & deliver your vocational curriculum.

Our priority is to support everyone to continue teaching Cambridge Technicals successfully. We’ll continue to keep you fully informed of any changes you need to make in plenty of time

Download Prepare for change presentation  Download Policy and Regulation presentation 

September 2019 will be the final time centres can make registrations on Level 3 vocational qualifications that have no external assessment. To ensure your centre’s curriculum can continue to offer Level 3 recognised vocational qualifications as part of a study programme, centres who have been delivering 2012 Cambridge Technicals can switch to a Level 3 Cambridge Technical 2016 suite.

Transition Document

Which qualifications are affected?

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published the list of qualifications where funding is being withdrawn in England. This includes 24 of our non-examined assessment Level 3 2012 Cambridge Technicals. All 2016 Cambridge Technicals qualifications are unaffected.

We have no plans at present to withdraw any of our 2012 Cambridge Technicals qualifications since they are used across the UK. We’ll help you to identify your options, including moving to the 2016 Cambridge Technicals.

Funding in England will continue for those students who begin their study before August 2020 up to their completion.

Full list of affected non-examined assessment Level 3 2012 Cambridge Technicals.

Admin Essentials - free online training event

Join us on Wednesday 11 September, 10:00 - 11:00, for a free online training event designed to give you an understanding of the key administration processes for our Cambridge Technicals qualifications. This is a live event, meaning you’ll be able to hear from your presenter in real time and ask questions through an on-screen chat window.

This event is suitable for teaching staff or exams officers who are new to these qualifications, or if you are seeking a refresher. During this event we’ll be covering:

  • An overview of the qualification
  • Centre approval
  • Moderation
  • Entries
  • Non-exam assessment
  • Malpractice
  • Exams
  • Results, post results and certificates
  • Performance measures

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Teaching and Assessment Support

Teaching and learning resources

Our Cambridge Technicals suite of qualifications is supported by a range of FREE teaching resources that'll help prepare for your teaching year. Use our resources to plan your lessons and inspire your students' learning. Download them from the relevant qualification webpage.

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Assessment support

We’ve got a range of assessment support to help you with your exam preparations. You'll find everything from practice papers and mark schemes to candidate exemplars (with examiner notes) and Sample Assessment Materials plus much more. Download them from the relevant qualification webpage.

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Our free question-building platform allows you to create tailored papers, see past scripts, mark schemes and examiner reports giving your students the opportunity to practice and build confidence ahead of their exams.

Create past papers with ExamBuilder

Career Posters #lifegoals

Perfect for your classroom, open days, parents evening and options consultations, our eye-catching posters are a perfect way to promote the courses on offer to students and parents. We have a poster for each qualification, download them all now.

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Parent and Student guides

Our 'Making the right choices' guide supports parents and students when making their Vocational Qualification choices. Like our posters the guide is great for open days, parents evenings and option consultations.

Student and Parent guide

Why choose OCR?

We provide one-to-one moderation for schools and colleges teaching our vocational qualifications. This enables you to discuss how the course is running and feel supported that you are doing the right thing for your students.

Check out our online videos below to get an overview of the support available when planning, teaching and assessing our Cambridge Technicals qualifications.

One to one moderator support video  Planning teaching and assessment support video