What is OCR?
OCR stands for Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations. It is one of five main examination board that sets examinations in the United Kingdom. OCR is based in Cambridge. While it is part of Cambridge Assessment, it is distinct from Cambridge Assessment International Education. Cambridge Assessment International Education offers international examinations and is not required to comply with UK government regulations.
History of OCR
OCR was created in 1998 after a merger of Oxford and Cambridge’s examination boards with the Royal Society of Arts examination board. Today, OCR incorporates numerous examination boards representing all parts of Britain.
In the UK, OCR provides GCSEs and A Levels in more than 40 subjects. OCR also provides hundreds of qualifications to vocational learners. While OCR does not offer international examinations, its sister organization, Cambridge Assessment International Education, does.