Cambridge Nationals for first teaching 2022

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Are you starting to plan for next academic year? We're here to help.

Practical, accessible, fun to teach and exciting to learn, Cambridge Nationals will inspire your students to develop real-world skills to prepare them for their future.

Included on the key stage 4 performance tables for England for 2024, our redeveloped Cambridge Nationals are Technical Award qualifications for 14-16 year old for first teaching September 2022.

To help you get started, we've a range of resources for you to download including the approved specifications, SAM's, mapping and switching guides, curriculum planners, schemes of work and an e-learning module.

Do you have open days and option discussions coming up? Whether they're face to face or online, we've a toolkit for each of the subjects which you can either download or order.  

If you have any questions about our redeveloped qualifications, our advisors are here to help. You can contact them on 01223 553998 or by email: support @ocr.org.uk

Join a Cambridge Nationals Showcase

Want to know more about our approved redeveloped Cambridge Nationals?

Our free online ‘regional’ events will give you the opportunity to find out more and you'll be able to discuss your specific subject with our Subject Experts and like-minded colleagues in your region.

During the session, we’ll be focusing on:

  • an overview of the approved specification
  • a walkthrough of the support available now plus upcoming resources
  • details about publishers, their textbooks and other resources and learning materials which are being submitted to us for endorsement
  • a chance to virtually meet colleagues in your region.

Please note: we'll have more dates and regions in the schedule soon. If a date in your region doesn't work for you, please feel free to join another region with a date that's better for you.

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Redeveloped Cambridge Nationals Specifications and SAMs

In response to the new approach to regulating Technical Award qualifications for 14-16 year olds, we took the opportunity to look at how we could apply these new rules alongside reviewing the content and design of our specifications with the help and input from teachers and other stakeholders.

You can download our approved specifications for a look at any changes to topic areas and our approach to terminal assessment.  You can also download our sample assessment materials (SAMs) for both examined and non-examined (NEA) units.

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Cambridge National in Child Development

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Cambridge National in Creative iMedia

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Cambridge National in Engineering Design

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Cambridge National in Engineering Manufacture

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Cambridge National in Engineering Programmable Systems

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Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing

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Cambridge National in Health and Social Care

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Cambridge National in IT                         

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Cambridge National in Sport Science

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Cambridge National in Sport Studies

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Once you've had the opportunity to take a look at the specifications, we'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback. Take the survey

Guides and resources

We’ve guides and a short on-line course for all our Redeveloped Cambridge National subjects to help you understand the qualifications so you can start preparing and teaching. They include:

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