The two-year initial contract will focus on delivering these qualifications in the UK, with the intention to further extend the delivery to other qualifications in the future.
OCR is a leading UK awarding body that offers a wide range of qualifications to schools, colleges, workplaces and other institutions. Their range of qualifications includes A Levels, GCSEs and vocational qualifications including Cambridge Technicals, Cambridge Nationals and NVQs.
Mark Dawe, OCR’s Chief Executive, says “This new partnership with BTL enables OCR to give our customers all the flexibility of an on-screen service without compromising the integrity of our unique Functional Skills assessments.”
OCR has a history of reliable delivery with Functional Skills and friendly customer service. OCR's Functional Skills are particularly valued as they really assess the ability of candidates to apply English, Maths and ICT in a problem-solving, practical way.
Learners, apprentices and employers value these qualifications because they accredit practical skills in an accessible and realistic way.
The Surpass® assessment platform is the most comprehensive, innovative and secure assessment solution on the market. The platform offers the ideal solution for high stakes, high volume on-screen examinations. Surpass will provide OCR with the ability to take greater control of their assessment processes and swift access to valuable assessment reporting and analysis capabilities.
Jeremy Carter, Sales & Marketing Director at BTL, says “Our Surpass® assessment platform continues to be the first choice for leading Awarding Organisations wanting to deliver high stakes exams on-screen. We are delighted that OCR has chosen Surpass and look forward to working together”.
BTL, the leading UK-based provider of assessment solutions, will be providing on-going support to OCR staff, full training, testing and consultancy to integrate Surpass with OCR’s back-office systems.
OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA) is a leading UK awarding body, providing a wide range of qualifications to meet the needs of learners of all ages and abilities. OCR qualifications include AS/A Levels, GCSEs, Cambridge Nationals, Entry Level qualifications, and vocational qualifications in areas such as IT, business, languages, teaching/training, administration and secretarial skills.
Each year more than three million students gain OCR qualifications, which are offered by 13,000 centres including schools, sixth form colleges, FE colleges, training providers, voluntary organisations, local authorities, and businesses ranging from SMEs to multi-national organisations.
OCR is part of the Cambridge Assessment Group. www.ocr.org.uk.