11 January 2018

GCSE Computer Science

Dear Parent / Carer


Following my communication towards the end of November last year regarding the concerns relating to the non-exam assessment section of the Computer Science course, Ofqual have deliberated and consulted on the issue and arrived at the conclusion “that non-exam assessment will not count to the final 9 to 1 grade in GCSE computer science in 2018 or 2019.”


This is a major disappointment for myself and the school but, most importantly the students who have discovered that nearly 3 months of hard and dedicated work no longer counts towards their overall grade. Having said this, there is every confidence that even with this setback, the pupils are going to be well prepared and ready to succeed in the summer examinations. Furthermore, grade boundaries will be altered to reflect the change in circumstances, allowing pupils to achieve to their full potential unhindered by this situation.


Whilst I do not agree with their decision, I do echo their remarks and “strongly believe that learning about a high-level programming language and having the opportunity to show how it can be used to solve problems is hugely important.” This skill set is vital for key stage 5 computer science and one that is complementary in many other subjects.


If you have any further questions or queries regarding this situation, please do not hesitate to email me at - l.ravenscroft@bishopchalloner.bham.sch.uk.


Kind regards,


Mr Ravenscroft

Head of Computer Science and ICT


Ofqual Article ‘Revised arrangements for GCSE computer science’

- https://www.gov.uk/government/news/revised-arrangements-for-gcse-computer-science