You'll be lucky to avoid databases in any spec at GCSE... I thoroughly recommend the AQA spec, I used them before we switched to the Nationals and we've now switched back to the new spec for next year. The support they've given me has been excellent, both by email and by phone. Can't wait to get stuck in. OCR would be my second choice although I don't like some elements of their controlled assessment. I've never looked at WJEC. Edexcel would be bottom of my list, a horrible organisation who have caused me lots of trouble in the past (eg advisors telling me things that just weren't true about coursework deadlines, etc). So... AQA - recommend OCR / WJEC - take a look at Edexcel - stay away!!