This information applies to GCSE (9-1) Computer Science (J276).
Following the outcome of an Ofqual consultation, the non-exam assessment tasks no longer count towards the grades of all new GCSE (9-1) Computer Science qualifications.
Although candidates must still complete the Programming Project and you will need to submit a sample to us, teachers no longer need to mark the work.
For more detail about how to prepare the Programming Project, please read our guidance document.
We will send your sample request via email from ‘J276samplerequest@ocr.org.uk’ at the beginning of May.
The size of the sample depends on the number of candidates in your cohort:
Candidates have until 15 May to complete the Programming Project. You must return your sample within 3 working days of this date to the following address. We will send you specific address labels (these will be pink) by the end of April.
J276 Programming Project Sample
Post Exams OCR
DC10 Hill Farm Road
Send candidate work to us on USB, CD or DVD, making sure a return address is added to the back of the packet in case of non-delivery. Candidates should create a single file using the following file naming convention:
Separate source files or compiled code are not required.
Where multiple files cannot be avoided (e.g. a word document with video evidence for some testing), label them clearly.
We recommend you keep back ups of all candidate work. We will not return candidate work to your centre.
Please see the guidance document for more information.
All teachers who have been involved in delivering the Programming Project must complete the Programming Project authentication form (CCS161).
A senior member of staff must also sign the form to confirm all Programming Project requirements have been adhered to. Include the authentication form on the same USB, CD or DVD as your centre’s sample of candidate work.
Each candidate must sign a declaration before submitting their work to their teacher to confirm the work is their own and any assistance given and/or sources used have been acknowledged. We have created an example for you to use.
Keep these statements in your centre until the end of the post-results period.
After you’ve sent in your sample, we may have further questions or we could need an additional sample of work. We may request these at any time so please make sure your entire cohort’s candidate work is available.
On restricted results day, you will receive confirmation of whether the requirements of the Programming Project were met or not.
Monitoring visits for GCSE (9-1) Computer Science in 2018 will continue to take place up to 15 May. Centres will be contacted if they have been selected for a visit by a monitor from OCR or the JCQ Centre Inspection Service.
Monitors will be checking whether candidates have had the opportunity to spend 20 hours on their Programming Project and will review the work to make sure it is the candidate’s own and they have appropriately referenced any source material.