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GCSE Computing - 2010

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by BrianUK, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. BrianUK

    BrianUK New commenter

    Can't agree more. Let's face it ICT is for dullards who otherwise would certainly have little prospect of a Grade C at GCSE. But perversely for that very reason alone we as a department actually quite like GCSE ICT. It makes our stats look good and that in turn keeps the HoD happy and the SMT happy too :) 100% pass A-C - nice. And it is that reason that makes me hesitate when trying to introduce a GCSE Computing course which I have no doubt would be popular here - it will introduce confusion and we would get pupils opting for it and getting lower grades than if they took the GCSE ICT (it requires actual work and thinking skills) - and then the HoD would get fired. I mean how ridiculous is all that! We're not going to introduce a course because of job security. Talk about the tail wagging the dog.

     
  2. Chad78

    Chad78 New commenter

    I was thinking of running it alongside DIDA so the 'not so academic' could do that.
     
  3. gavcradd

    gavcradd New commenter

    Snap, I'd run it alongside the OCR National - it certainly wouldn't be for everybody. One issue would have to be how to "dumb down" the content from the A Level Computing specs to fit into a GCSE, yet still making it useful? If too much was taken out it'd be too basic and therefore useless, but if too much was left in it'd be ridiulously hard!
     
  4. We currently do GCSE ICT, A-Level ICT andA-Level Computing but I'd really be interested in GCSE Computing.
    [​IMG]

    Is GCSE Computing definitely on the horizion? Which boards are considering introducing it?

    Many thanks,
    the apprentice

     
  5. I went to a AQA GCSE Coursework Standardisation meeting at the end of January and they were saying that on the horizion that there is talk that they will not be having a GCSE ICT Spec A and B just one spec, there was also talk that they will not be offering the short course option in 2010....so not sure what we are going to do after this September as all of our pupils do the short course with the option of doing the full course as extra. I wish that the exam boards would keep us more well informed!
     
  6. skar

    skar New commenter

    I look forward to it! I have taught in Scotland and they do proper computing with programming e.g. Visual basic or pascal. Wouldn't that be great? Real programming in schools! How will thiese new GCSE effect functional skills? As they are GCSE Computing rather than GCSE ICT will they not need the functional skills element?
     
  7. We are a Maths and Computing specialist school though at present we don't do any computing. A GCSE in computing would be a real bonus for us but it does bother me that the government don't know the difference between ICT and computing. "We the willing, led by the unknowing etc........
     
  8. Hell yes! We don't do GCSE ICT now, but I'm first in the line for GCSE Computing... I think it will really interest a particular group of our students, and will provide useful foundations for the A level.
     
  9. That looks very nice :) I'd reserve judgement on the 'trends' until I see a list of topics mind.
     
  10. I have developed a set of resources for COMP1 (AQA Computing).

    Drop me a line and I will send it your way, no problem.

    Its only a draft but may help.
     
  11. OCR

    OCR

  12. OCR are planning a pilot for 2010. The Computing at School group(http://www.computingatschool.org.uk were able to play a role in advising OCR and are also keen to advise AQA as well. We certainly feel, like many folk on here, that such an exam is well overdue and will provide more motivation than the existing fare for those students who really want to engage with the subject.
     
  13. DEmsley

    DEmsley New commenter

    I guess here is a good place to post this as I haven't seen the link elsewhere.


    http://www.microsoft.com/exPress/


    MicroSoft are giving away their Express Visual development stuff free. Also their XNA game development stuff.
     
  14. It's better than that. Through Microsoft "Dreamspark" the kids can download Visual Studio professional (and other apps) for free. Sign your school up. MS then send you access keys (up to 200) which you can distibute to your students so they can download software direct from MS.

    https://www.dreamspark.com/default.aspx
     
  15. "OCR are planning a pilot for 2010. The Computing at School group(http://www.computingatschool.org.uk were able to play a role in advising OCR and are also keen to advise AQA as well. We certainly feel, like many folk on here, that such an exam is well overdue and will provide more motivation than the existing fare for those students who really want to engage with the subject."

    Unfortunately, OCR have messed up hugely by including a strange piece of coursework to do with 'independent research'. This just isn't going to work in practice and will lead to lots of unhappy teachers - you maaaarrrrkkkk my words.
     
  16. I would be grateful for a copy of Comp 1 too, if possible? :>)
    juliainplymouthatgmaildotcom
    Good luck all with the Computing, we are also excited about introducing GCSE Computing, haven't chosen which board yet though.
     
  17. We are doing AQA GCSE computing next year, looking forward to it.


     
  18. Do you have a link to the spec? I can't find anything online to indicate they are running such a course next year.
     

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