Following a consultation at the end of 2017, Ofqual today confirmed that non-exam assessment tasks will not count towards the grades of all new GCSE (9-1) Computer Science qualifications. This applies with immediate effect. Results will be issued in 2018 and in 2019 based on students' performance in summer exams alone.
Thanks to everyone who shared their views with us and helped to inform our consultation response; we appreciate there are some concerns about the changes, especially in relation to those students who have already completed their tasks.
We are committed to supporting our schools and colleges through these changes so teachers and students can complete the GCSE and prepare for exams as effectively as possible.
The essential changes are:
Here’s more information about what Ofqual's decision means. We are now in the process of updating our specification and assessment guidance documents.
In the longer term, we believe it is vital that GCSE Computer Science students have the opportunity to engage in authentic programming experiences. A summary of our consultation response is available.
Updated basedata to enable schools to make the entries for the summer 2018 exams is now available.
Teachers have shared their views with us on the challenges of making the NEA work for the new (9-1) Computer Science GCSEs. Whatever the result of the Ofqual consultation, we will support schools and colleges so they can put any new arrangements in place quickly and deliver the new GCSE successfully.