Update: Outcome of the GCSE Computer Science NEA consultation

Friday 19 Jan 2018

On 15 January 2018, Ofqual published its conditions and requirements for GCSE (9-1) Computer Science for 2018.  We’ve now looked into the details from Ofqual’s decisions on the NEA consultation alongside the conditions and requirements.

Our updated questions and answers set out the new regulatory requirements for the GCSE (9­-1) Computer Science qualification and how this applies to schools carrying out the programming project (NEA). We hope that these will help to clarify any questions you may have had around the new requirements and what the NEA rules mean for you and your students.

In the interest of fairness for all students, we anticipate the changes for the summer 2018 series to be minimal as some students will have completed their NEA or programming task at varying levels and timings during the course. All students taking exams in 2019 will then follow the new rules for completing their programming task.

We’re currently updating our specification and teachers’ notes on our website to reflect the changes.

Further guidance on submitting samples of students’ work will be available in due course.

We'll let you know if there are any further updates as a result of the NEA consultation. If you have any other questions, please contact the Computer Science subject team computerscience@aqa.org.uk