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Computer Science GCSE
New qualification now accredited
WJEC’s new GCSE Computer Science specification, designed to address concerns expressed by the Royal Society and the Computing at School Working Group about computing education in the United Kingdom, is now fully accredited for teaching from September 2012. This linear specification is available in both England and Wales for first assessment in summer 2014.
The specification offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the way computers work, and to create and review computer programs for real-life purposes based on their own interests. It encourages them to create their own games, applications and other systems, rather than simply use those designed by others.
WJEC provides, and will continue to provide, GCSE Computer Science qualifications which meet the needs of teachers and the requirements of regulators in both England and Wales.
Assessment is divided into three units:
- Understanding Computer Science (45%) - 90 minute examination to assess understanding of the theory content of the specification.
- Solving Problems Using Computers (30%) - 2 hour external assessment to assess the practical application of knowledge and understanding through a series of on-screen tasks.
- Developing Computing Solutions (25%) - internally assessed and externally moderated 15 hour controlled assessment to develop a piece of work using programming software following a task brief issued by WJEC. There is a choice of two task briefs which can be found here.
Why choose WJEC?
- This bold and exciting course provides students with a stimulating and motivating study of computer science fit for the 21st century.
- WJEC consulted widely and the majority of teachers expressed concerns about the excessive burden of time needed to complete controlled assessments. The WJEC controlled task is limited to 15 hours to minimise this burden and give more teaching time.
- Another distinctive feature of the specification is the opportunity for students to demonstrate their programming and problem solving skills, skills that are assessed through external assessment in unit two.
- The depth of coverage means that it provides a solid foundation for either the study of A level Computing or employment.
- Free training will be held in the autumn to introduce teachers to the specification.
- Direct access by telephone and email to subject specialists.
The online notes for theory 1 are now available on the secure website
Continuing Professional Development
The internal assessment standardising continuing professional development programme for the 2013 – 2014 academic year is now open for bookings. These events are free of charge, but please note that attendance is limited to one member of staff per centre for each subject. Additional members of staff may attend on payment of a £30 per head administration fee. Examination review will be provided online. A presentation giving details of this provision is now available on the website.
CPD materials are available on our secure website (Resources PDF Download, CPD materials).
For more information, please contact:
Ian Gillam - Subject Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5137
Clare Williams - Subject Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5059