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GCSE computer science to include programming exam

Candidates sitting GCSE computer science will be assessed on their computer programming skills via exams from 2022, Ofqual has announced.

The exam regulator said it would not specify the “form this assessment should take”, meaning awarding bodies would be free to test candidates using technology or pen and paper-based exams.

The interim arrangements introduced by Ofqual in January 2018, which require schools to set aside 20 timetabled hours for students to undertake an unmarked programming task, will remain in place for students sitting exams up to 2021.

It is expected that programming skills will be assessed via an exam from 2022, with this component making up 30% of the final GCSE grade.

2nd February 2019

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