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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:11 pm 
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Anyone got a student in the family who has selected this particular course as a GCSE option?

Have you heard anything official via school as to what might be happening re. the 2020 sitting re. the project?

There are some news articles from January this year talking about a cheating problem surrounding the current project arrangements and the project not counting in 2018 or 2019.

So I am wondering if they are going to change the actual exams for 2020? Or the rules surrounding the project? Or have an additional coding paper during the summer GCSE sitting?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:16 pm 
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Ds2 is sitting this this year and had completed all but a couple of hours of his controlled assessment which has now had to be scrapped. If I could just have a word with the idiots who started these shenanigans, it's been rather stressful :(

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:38 pm 
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doodles wrote:
Ds2 is sitting this this year and had completed all but a couple of hours of his controlled assessment which has now had to be scrapped. If I could just have a word with the idiots who started these shenanigans, it's been rather stressful :(


Really sorry to hear that. It's a bit rubbish.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:48 pm 
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DS is doing OCR computer science this year and was gutted that the NEA is not being counted now. The official statement is that although the children need to complete it this year and in 2019 it will not count to the overall mark. Nothing had been announced about what will happen after 2019. I will also have a child taking it in 2020.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:18 pm 
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Sorry to hear that too. Please let me know if you hear anything extra from school that they may have received from the exam board. I am going to ask about it because it may be a reason for changing an option. We were not aware that there was an issue with the project when some quite detailed consideration was put into the choice partly based on the methods and timings of assessments in this particular subject.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:27 pm 
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Sorry if this sounds stupid, but exam in 2020 means DC is currently in year 9, right? My DS is thinking of taking computer science but I am worried now.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:33 pm 
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Yes, year 9 now. Option choices were made late January at our school.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:40 pm 
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mystery wrote:
Yes, year 9 now. Option choices were made late January at our school.

Thank you Mystery; we still have a couple of days left to choose. Are there any links so I can see the issues with this course? TBH though I think the choice is this or Business Studies so wondering which is the lesser of two evils :(


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:40 pm 
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I suspect a decision will be made before September as teachers will need to know.

Official notification here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultat ... er-science


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:47 pm 
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mystery wrote:
Yes, year 9 now. Option choices were made late January at our school.

Thank you Mystery; we still have a couple of days left to choose. Are there any links so I can see the issues with this course? TBH though I think the choice is this or Business Studies so wondering which is the lesser of two evils :(


Have a look here:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/computer-science-and-it/gcse/computer-science-8520

Ours are all past the choosing GCSEs stage now, but I don't think I would let this year's issues put me off encouraging them to take the GCSE if they wanted to.

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