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Edexcel Computing Coursework

What happens if I make an error when submitting coursework marks?

If you have already submitted a mark but it needs to be amended (eg because of an administrative error), please email courseworkmarks@pearson.com with details of the student and amended point score.

When will I be able to access Edexcel Online to submit marks and see the requested sample?

You should be able to start submitting marks from March 2018 but you won’t be able to view the requested sample until the beginning of April 2018.

How do I identify the sample of work that needs to be sent to the moderator?

When you log in to Edexcel Online and go to the coursework mark submission screen there will be a tick next to the candidates' names that need to be sent for moderation. You also need to send the work of the highest- and lowest-scoring candidates if they are not part of the requested sample.

If, for some reason, you're unable to send the work for a particular student, you should send the work of an equivalent student with a similar mark. You should also write a note to the moderator explaining the reason for the change.

What is the deadline for submitting coursework marks?

The final date for submitting coursework marks and samples of work for the summer 2018 series is 15 May 2018.

This is the date by which you must have submitted your coursework marks to us via Edexcel Online, and have sent your sample of student work to the moderator. Please note that your Exams Officer will have their own internal deadlines and you also need to take into account the requirement to inform students of their centre assessed marks.

The new computer science GCSE has been thrown into disarray after programming tasks worth a fifth of the total marks were leaked repeatedly online.

Exams regulator Ofqual plans to pull this chunk of the qualification from the overall marks as it has been seen by thousands of people.

Ofqual said the non-exam assessment may have been leaked by teachers as well as students who had completed the task.

The breach affects two year groups. The first will sit the exam in summer 2018.

Last year 70,000 students were entered for computer science GCSE.

A quick internet search reveals numerous posts about the the non-exam assessment, with questions and potential answers.

'Great reluctance'

There are even posts from one of the exam boards reminding students that they are monitoring certain websites.

A statement from the regulator said: "Non-exam assessment in computer science is intended to test students' programming skills and is worth 20% of the overall nine to one grade.

"However, there is evidence that some of this year's tasks have been posted to online forums and collaborative programming sites, contrary to exam board rules.

"Detailed solutions have been provided in many cases, and some of these posts have been viewed thousands of times."

This is against the rules and changes would be needed so grades could be awarded fairly next summer, Ofqual added.

'Fairer results'

The regulator is running a short consultation on how to proceed.

Its preferred option would keep the non-exam assessment task, but to change it so it no longer contributes to the overall mark.

Julie Swan, executive director for general qualifications, said: "It is with great reluctance that we are proposing to change a qualification for which students are already studying.

"However, we must take immediate action to address these issues and the potential impact on public confidence in relation to this qualification.

"Subject to the consultation responses, we believe our preferred solution will deliver fairer and more reliable results than would otherwise be the case.

"It will also allow us to be confident that standards will be set appropriately."

Geoff Barton, of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the integrity of the assessment had been compromised by the "widespread availability of solutions online".

He added that of all the subjects, computer science was the one where students were most likely to be aware of "online opportunities".

"It is an enormously frustrating situation for all concerned but we recognise that Ofqual has no option other than to consult on alternative arrangements," he said.

He added that other options would be needed in the longer term as "the ubiquity of online information" made this form of assessment extremely vulnerable.

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