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Coursework to be removed from GCSE computer science grades amid cheating fears Coursework is to be removed from GCSE computer science grades due to concerns about cheating. Picture by Dominic Lipinski/PA WireTopicsCOURSEWORK is to be removed from final GCSE computer science grades due to concerns about widespread cheating.

Tasks due to be completed as part of the new GCSE course have been posted online, as well as detailed solutions, according to exams watchdog Ofqual. Most Northern Ireland pupils take exams offered by the north's exams board, the CCEA.

However, many also take papers set by boards from England 8 Jan 2018 - GCSE coursework for Computer Science will not count for any marks amid fears about widespread cheating, the exam watchdog has said. The move follows concern that thousands of students were given undue assistance, with Ofqual finding dozens of examples where students were able to obtain .

The AQA and OCR are the two most popular English boards. The decision is expected to affect hundreds of pupils from the north.

The non-exam assessment is worth 20 per cent of the total GCSE computer science mark. Ofqual said the non-exam assessment was intended to test pupils' programming skills.

The apparent extent of malpractice in the qualification, it said, lead it to believe it was no longer possible for exam boards to ensure that grades awarded next summer would fairly reflect the ability of all students unless changes were made to the assessment arrangements.

It is seeking views on alternative assessment arrangements that would apply to students sitting exams in 2018 and 2019 8 Jan 2018 - Fears over cheating have caused Ofqual to scrap coursework from the computer science GCSE after tasks that were due to be completed by students were posted online along with the solutions. It has today confirmed that coursework will not count towards final grades this year or next, adding that the tasks .

Julie Swan, Executive Director for General Qualifications, said it was with great reluctance that Ofqual was proposing to change a qualification for which pupils were already studying. "However, we must take immediate action to address these issues and the potential impact on public confidence in relation to this qualification," she said.

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