GCSE coursework marks ‘cancelled due to leak’

The BBC reports that hundreds of pupils in Northern Ireland studying a new computer science GCSE may have their coursework marks cancelled after details were leaked online. The decision has been taken by exams regulator Ofqual.

It will only affect those pupils sitting the GCSE through UK exam boards AQA, OCR, Pearson and Eduqas.

The non-exam assessment is worth 20% of the total mark for GCSE computer science.

Pupils sitting ICT or digital technology GCSEs through the Council for Curriculum, Examinations or Assessment (CCEA) are not affected.

The exams regulator Ofqual said it plans to make that mark void as solutions to the coursework programming tasks had been seen by thousands of pupils online

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), which represents the exam boards, said that it was not possible to specify exactly how many pupils in Northern Ireland were affected, “as schools have not entered all candidates for the summer 2018 examinations.”

A statement from Ofqual said: “The apparent extent of malpractice in this qualification leads us to believe that it is no longer possible for exam boards to ensure that grades awarded next summer will fairly reflect the ability of all students unless changes are made to the assessment arrangements.”

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