Ofqual consultation on GCSE computer science

28 November 2017

Ofqual has announced a change to the way GCSE computer science will be assessed for this year’s Year 11 students and has launched a consultation.

Ofqual has found evidence that some of the tasks in the non-examined assessment of students’ programming skills (worth 20% of the overall 9-1 grade), have been posted on online forums with detailed solutions, and they have been viewed thousands of times. As a result, Ofqual considers that exam boards are unable to ensure grades for this qualification next summer will accurately reflect the ability of all students. Ofqual is asking for views on alternative assessment arrangements that would apply to students sitting exams in 2018 and 2019; Ofqual’s preferred option is to retain the need for the non-exam assessment to be completed by students but for it not to contribute to their overall 9-1 grade.

The consultation runs until the 22 December and you can respond online here.

ASCL's comment on this announcement can be read here.