GCSE_CS_comparison.xlsx
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OCR (old)AQA (old)OCR (new): DRAFTAQA (new): DRAFTEdexcel (new): DRAFTEduqas (new)
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DetailsOCR J275AQA 4512OCR J276AQA 8520EDEXCEL 1CP1Eduqas ???
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GCSE Computing (from 2012)GCSE Computer Science (from 2014)GCSE Computer Science (from 2016)GCSE Computer Science (from 2016)GCSE Computer Science (from 2016)GCSE Computer Science (from 2016)
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http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computing-j275-from-2012/http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-and-computer-science/gcse/computer-science-4512http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-and-computer-science/gcse/computer-science-8520http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/computer-science-2016.htmlhttp://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/computer-science/gcse/
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http://ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computing-j275-from-2012/http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-and-computer-science/gcse/computer-science-4512http://ocr.org.uk/Images/225975-specification-draft-gcse-computer-science-j276.pdf http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-and-computer-science/gcse/computer-science-8520http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Computer%20Science/2016/Specification%20and%20sample%20assessments/Draft-specification-GCSE-Computer-Science.pdfhttp://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/computer-science/gcse/WJEC-Eduqas-GCSE-Computer-Science-Draft-Specification.pdf?language_id=1
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Exams1 ½ hour written exam:1 ½ hour written exam:1 ½ hour written exam:1 ½ hour written exam:1hr 40 min written exam:1 hr 45 min written
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Unit A451: Computer systems and programming (40%)Computing fundamentals (40%)Computer Systems (40%)Computational thinking and problem solving (40%)Principles of Computer Science (40%)Understanding Computer Science (50%)
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1 ½ hour written exam:1 ½ hour written exam:2 hour written exam:2 hour on screen exam:
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Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (40%)Written assessment (40%)Application of Computational Thinking (40%)Computational Thinking and Programming (30%) using Greenfoot. No internet access.
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Coursework20 hours:25 hours:20 hours:20 hours:20 hours:20 hours:
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Unit A452: Practical investigation (30%)Practical programming (30%)Programming project (20%)Practical programming report (20%)Project (20%)Software Development (20%)
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Unit A453: Programming Project (30%)Practical programming (30%)Must be completed without internet accessAdvisory word limit of 2000 words. Task chosen by candidate from a list provided by the centre
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Students complete both A452 and A453Students complete two scenarios from a choice of four (web/traditional/gaming/mobile)
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Programming languages allowedAnyAnyThe non-exam assessment should be done using a suitable high level language[1]C#, Java, Pascal / Delphi, Python, VB.NETPython, Java, C-derived languages, VB .NET, Pascal / Object PascalBasic (e.g. VB.NET, Small Basic, Qbasic), C (e.g. C, C++, C#), Java, PHP, Python, Pascal / Delphi
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[1] There is some debate as to whether OCR will be forced to specify languages in order to be OFQUAL approved.
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Summary
OCR Comp (from 2012)
AQA CS (from 2014)
AQA CS (from 2016)
Eduqas CS (from 2016)
OCR CS (from 2016)
Edexcel CS (from 2016)
 
 
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