We have been working with the Department for Education (DfE), Ofqual, and other stakeholders (awarding organisations, industries, subject associations, teachers and examiners) over the past ten months to develop subject content for reformed IT qualifications that meets Ofqual’s subject development criteria and five principles. Despite the collective best efforts of all awarding organisations and stakeholders, we have not been successful in meeting the DfE and Ofqual’s requirements.
On 3 November 2015 the DfE announced that GCSE and A level ICT qualifications will not be redeveloped for first teaching in 2017, and that the subject will no longer be offered at GCSE or A level after current courses finish in Summer 2018. Details are available in the Further Additional GCSE and A level Content Consultation document (page 11). The DfE have said that the reformed Computer Science GCSE and A levels provide a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study, and for employment. Ministers have therefore taken the decision not to approve GCSEs and A levels in what they regard as a similar subject area.
The following OCR GCSE and A Level ICT qualifications are affected by this decision:
We understand this is very disappointing and this is not the outcome which we wanted. If you currently offer our GCSE, AS and A Level ICT qualifications please be assured that we will continue to support you until the final award date in 2018, and to support your transition to a suitable alternative qualification. Current Year 9 GCSE ICT students and current Year 11 A Level ICT students will be the last teaching group for June 2018 exams. We are committed to offering a wide range of ICT qualifications to enable your learners to achieve their aspirations of pursuing ICT related further education and careers.
We have a wide range of alternative ICT courses available to schools and colleges, in the form of our Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals suites. These ICT courses can be viewed on our website. Many of these vocational qualifications will contribute to key stage 4 and 5 performance measures. We've included details below of some of our vocational qualifications:
If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998 or email OCR.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org