Computer Science GCSE students will receive no marks for coursework amid widespread cheating fears 8 January 2018 • 6:36pmGCSE 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 answers posted on online forums and websites 28 Nov 2017 - Hundreds of pupils in Northern Ireland studying a new computer science GCSE may have their coursework marks cancelled after details were leaked online. The decision has been taken by exams regulator Ofqual. It will only affect those pupils sitting the GCSE through UK exam boards AQA, OCR, .
Examples of malpractice included students posting the tasks on forums asking for help, with other members responding with detailed solutions and code which they could simply copy and past. The watchdog has now ruled that coursework - which is meant to make up 20 per cent of a student’s overall grade - will not count towards the final grade for all Computer Science students sitting their exams in 2018 and 2019. “The speed with which the tasks appeared on-line and the number of times the discussions and solutions were viewed threatened the integrity of this aspect of the qualification,” Ofqual’s report said.
In November, the exams watchdog launched a consultation on changes to computer science. Yesterday, their report said that responses to the consultation confirmed their view that the “current situation is untenable”. Computer Science coursework is meant to count for 20 per cent of a student’s overall grade Credit: David Davies Ofqual said this “must be addressed to make sure the qualification is fair for all students and to preserve the credibility of the qualification itself”.
The exam watchdog is yet to decide whether to scrap coursework altogether for future cohorts of students taking the GCSE 28 Jun 2017 - This is despite the courses rebranding and the old GCSE in information and communication technology (ICT) being scrapped. Only providing a single GCSE option of computer science fails to meet the needs of any student – except those that have at least some interest in becoming a computer scientist..
The Government has thrown its weight behind computer science, a relatively new subject that only became part of the national curriculum three years ago. In the November budget, the Chancellor pledged £84 million to train up another 8,000 GCSE teachers for computer science, and announced that the number of computer science teachers is to be trebled.
Ofqual chief executive, Sally Collier said: "We are pleased that so many teachers and students took the time to respond to our consultation. The Government has thrown its weight behind computer science Credit:Getty "A clear majority of respondents agree that there are currently shortcomings with the non-exam assessment that could unfairly advantage some students. "While the tasks themselves will no longer contribute to students' grades, we 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.
"We believe these changes will make the qualification as fair as it can be for all students. "Coursework, known as non-exam assessment, is completed by GCSE computer science pupils during their studies, and is currently worth 20% of their final mark. Students due to take their exams in the subject this summer - the first time that awards will be given for the qualification - were able to start their coursework from the beginning of September last year.
But shortly afterwards Ofqual became aware that tasks and solutions were being discussed in online forums, the regulator said. In one case, an individual asked for help with a task on designing a piece of software.
The first response to this question included a full solution, Ofqual said, adding that the post currently has more than 2,500 views 1 Jan 2018 - According to the telegraph coursework is set to be axed for computer science GCSEs after the exam watchdog uncovered answers to the assessments had been repeatedly leaked online they will void all coursework marks Pfft, back when I was at school we didn't even have a Computer Science GCSE..
In another example, Ofqual said a simple search for a key requirement of a task on a popular online developer community returned over 40 pages of results.