Computer Science GCSE
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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.
- New resource now available
- WJEC is delighted to announce that WJEC GCSE Computer Science is now included in the EBacc measure.
- Specimen assessment materials (SAMs) are now available on our documents page. This material, based on the original specimen assessments, has been developed to give examples of a range of question types.
- Computer Science controlled tasks now available
For centres in Wales: Draft WJEC GCSE Computer Science (for teaching from 2017)
WJEC is developing a reformed GCSE Computer Science qualification, regulated by Qualifications Wales, for teaching from 2017. This qualification is designed to meet regulatory requirements in Wales: it is not available to centres in England.
The draft specification is now available. It has not been reviewed by the regulator in Wales and may change prior to approval.
About This Qualification
WJEC's 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 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.
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.
For centres in England: Accredited WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Computer Science (for teaching from 2016)
Through our Eduqas brand, WJEC has developed a reformed GCSE (9-1) Computer Science qualification, regulated by Ofqual, for teaching from 2016. This qualification meets regulatory requirements in England and has been accredited by Ofqual. The specification can be found on the Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Computer Science qualification page.
Why choose WJEC Computer Science?
- 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.
- Direct access by telephone and email to subject specialists.
Grade Boundaries (UMS /Raw Marks)
Continuing Professional Development
Ian Gillam - Subject Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5137
Kwai Wong - Subject Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5332
GCSE Computer Science Examiners' Report Summer 2014Download
Principal Examiners' Report
The Summer 2014 Principal Examiners' reports provide feedback on this Summer's examination series for the new and legacy qualifications. The reports include helpful observations and commentary on the work produced for this series and can assist teachers in preparing their students for the next examination series.