Until this week, coursework made up one fifth of the marks for all GCSE Computer Science students’ grades in that subject.
But, following the United Kingdom’s Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) uncovering of alarming rates of cheating, this has ended.
It also declared plans to treble the number of teachers specialising in Computer Science.
reported Ofqual told students the decision was made “with reluctance” but “we do not want anyone to have an unfair advantage”.
The decision is likely to be met with frustration from Year 10 students as well.
They will have to complete the coursework from scratch but gain no marks toward their final grade from it.Software development teams need a comprehensive data dictionary to refer to during the development and maintenance of a new database.This is so that they are all working using the same data formats when reading or writing data.Soon enough the first response came in with a full solution. Ofqual described how a “simple search” for a key requirement of a task on one popular forum brought up more than 40 pages of results.“The speed with which the tasks appeared online and the number of times the discussions and solutions were viewed threatened the integrity of this aspect of the qualification,” the report by Ofqual explained.“While not contributing to your grade, the task will continue to be an important part of the qualification,” Ofqual’s director for general qualifications, Julie Swan, wrote in a letter to students.“Learning about a high-level programming language and having the opportunity to show that you can use it to solve problems is an important aspect of a computer science course of study.4 x GCSEs grade 3 (grade D) or above preferably including both English & maths or a relevant Level 1 qualification.The Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT course is industry-relevant and geared to key sector requirements.“We know that not everyone will agree with our decision.However, if we do not act now, it would be impossible for us to correct any unfairness caused by rules being broken.” Disappointed my Y11 wasted 20 hours on an NEA task that won't count.