Outcome of the GCSE Computer Science NEA consultation

Tuesday 9 Jan 2018

On 8 January 2018 Ofqual announced its decision on the role of the non-exam assessment (NEA) for GCSE computer science.

Their decisions mean that for 2018 and 2019:

  • the NEA task will not count towards the grades of the GCSE (9–1) Computer Science qualifications
  • schools/colleges must ensure that all students have the opportunity to spend 20 hours of timetabled time on the NEA task
  • teachers will not be required to mark the NEA solution.

For 2018, the NEA task hasn’t changed, so students will still need to complete the 2018 task available from e-AQA, our secure extranet.

The deadline to complete the NEA has been extended from 31 March 2018 until 15 May 2018.

We’re currently looking into the detail from the consultation and what this means for you and your students. We’ll update both the specification and Teachers’ notes as soon as possible to reflect these changes. In the meantime, please continue to work on the NEA under the current conditions.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has published a notice to centres on the Delivery of GCSE (9–1) computer science task (NEA) 2018 on its website. We’re also contacting schools and colleges with revised instructions for making 2018 entries and we’ll be in touch again with more information about monitoring visits and guidance on how to submit students’ work.