I've been looking at this tonight for the first time and may have got it wrong. The gcse we do with ocr has a major piece of coursework (takes us about 6 months) two minor pieces of coursework (another 6 - 8 months for both) two exams. The National has one piece of major coursework (6o hours = 8 months work) one piece of minor coursework (30 hours = 3 - 4 months) no exams. Looking at the content, it seems that the national is a lot easier to pass than the gcse. Have I missed something out?