Having jumped ship from OCR to WJEC, for the upcoming year, I saw an interesting comment from the principal examiner in his report. The average mark for the IT1 exam was 2 marks off the floor of an E at 34.6. 2010: the same mean mark. http://www.wjec.co.uk/uploads/publications/13058.pdf and http://www.wjec.co.uk/uploads/publications/11424.pdf Echoes of frying pans and fire, so I queried it. Why is the bar so high? Seems weird, offered our SLT. The explanation is, if I understand it correctly, something like this: Ofqual insist on using standardisation data from KS4 to set the standard for AS. So if the average AS ICT student is a low ability performer at GCSE, that normative standard is used to set the same standard for AS. And before you ask, the stats concerned are not made public. So as the majority of students entering AS ICT often picked up low grades for their GCSEs, they are statistically fated to repeat the same standard. The JCQ stats show ICT is one of the most difficult AS courses to do well in (3rd from the bottom) So now you know! It's your students' fault!