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GCSE ICT curriculum reform

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by kmarriott1984, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. kmarriott1984

    kmarriott1984 New commenter


    I'm hoping someone could give some advice as am in a limbo as to which computer science course to implement to our school for the governments curriculum reform. I would like to know what the pros and cons are to the ones that are currently out there.

    We currently offer the WJEC GCSE ICT so the obvious course to move to is WJEC GSCE Computer Science. The alternative I have looked at are EdExcel and OCR.

    What are peoples thoughts?
  2. paullong

    paullong New commenter

    The AQA GCSE CS is the most clearly defined one out there with well structured question papers and a very clear syllabus.

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    Hope to help, Paul
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  3. JaquesJaquesLiverot

    JaquesJaquesLiverot Established commenter

    I have no particular affiliation with them, but OCR told me that they have 85% of the market and are the only board that produces resources for their course - there's certainly a reasonable amount of stuff available on their web-site.

    The different boards all seem to be fairly similar in terms of theory content, so presumably the key differentiator is the non-examined element?
  4. paullong

    paullong New commenter

    OCR produce resources for their CURRENT course. They may have 85% of the CURRENT market for A*-G GCSEs, but not for the new GCSEs starting in September 2016 (9-1). Incidentally, you don't need to move until September 2017 which would give you time to watch the market and see what happens.
  5. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    As they initiated the courses, OCR have the longest experience of offering them.
  6. paullong

    paullong New commenter

    They also have the longest experience of making a mess of it which isn't surprising after OCR Nationals and their GCSE ICT that was always a nightmare. Same old staff, same old problems.
  7. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    But Paul, you don't like OCT do you, but wasn't there a time when you worked for them?
  8. paullong

    paullong New commenter

    Sorry, who are you Wanet? I've worked for a variety of exam boards.
  9. JaquesJaquesLiverot

    JaquesJaquesLiverot Established commenter

    They're updating them for the new course, too - I've seen some of them. However, it doesn't really strike me that the theory has changed much - they're just being more explicit and mentioning things that I would always teach anyway.
  10. pixiewixiepixie

    pixiewixiepixie Occasional commenter

    As long as you avoid AQA, you'll be fine. Dreadful experiences with this board,
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    , well, the less said about the help on offer the better. Eduqas is the one I would go for.
  11. tjra

    tjra Occasional commenter

    My only concern with Eduqas is that the spec is about 50% longer than the others because of how much emphasis is put on that Greenfoot task. They were the ones I liked the look of the most initially but two different controlled assessments (because the Greenfoot one, while called an 'exam', is basically controlled assessment) is a long slog. I'm actually quite looking forward to doing more teaching and less bloody controlled assessment/coursework admin!
  12. tonyuk

    tonyuk Occasional commenter

    I would disagree with the Nationals I actually like them even though the marking can be a bit odd at times. At least they are interesting and give all pupils a chance to at least gain a grade of some description. Before people say it yes it was open to less rigour by some teachers but then that is the same for all qualifications - I have seen some complete disasters from all examination boards and for all courses. Overall I think OCR do an okay job!

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