OCR's GCSE Computing fulfils the Computer Science element of the EBacc
From January 2013 our GCSE Computing counts as a science option in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) for secondary school league tables - alongside Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Any student who sits any three of the four separate sciences and achieves at least a C in two of them will meet the science requirement of the EBacc.
Science plus Additional Science will still count towards the EBacc as an alternative combination. Computing cannot be substituted for Science or Additional Science in this combination.
What is the EBacc?
The English Baccalaureate (known as the EBacc) is a performance measure which recognises the attainment of GCSEs in selected academic subjects. It is not a qualification.
The new measure, announced by the government in November 2010, recognises the achievement of GCSEs at Grades A* to C in five subject areas, or components.
The five components of the EBacc are:
OCR offers GCSEs that count towards the EBacc within all the component areas.
AS Levels and IGCSEs
In addition to GCSE, a pass in the relevant AS Level taken before the end of KS4 also counts towards the new measure.
The EBacc also recognises passes at Grade A* to C in Cambridge IGCSEs offered by OCR's sister awarding body, University of Cambridge International Examinations.
The EBacc was first applied to 2010 KS4 performance tables in January 2011. Read the DfE's Statement of Intent for details of which qualifications count towards the EBacc and how the new initiative is reported on school performance tables.