We are in the process of updating our NEA guidance for 2021 to reflect the adaptations we have made to qualifications. Check the qualification pages for documents explaining the changes. We’ll provide more help and guidance soon.
This guidance relates to GCSE (9-1) Computer Science (J276).
We have updated our GCSE following the outcomes of the Ofqual consultation, ready for first teaching 2020 first assessment 2022. Please visit our new J277 page to find out more about our updated qualification.
GCSE (9-1) Computer Science (J276) candidates must be able to carry out a programming project which focuses on practical programming project skills.
The Programming Project does not count towards the overall grade. Although candidates must still complete the Programming Project and you will need to submit a sample to us, teachers do not need to mark the work.
For more details about how to prepare the Programming Project, please read our guidance document.
Each candidate must sign a declaration before submitting their work to their teacher to confirm the work is their own and any assistance given and/or sources used have been acknowledged. We have created an example for you to use.
Keep these statements in your centre until the end of the post-results period.
All teachers who have been involved in delivering the Programming Project must complete the Programming Project authentication form (CCS161).
A senior member of staff must also sign the form to confirm all Programming Project requirements have been adhered to:
Include the authentication form on the same USB, CD or DVD as your centre’s sample of candidate work.
The Programming Project must be completed within the classroom and evidence of delivery of 20 timetabled hours must be submitted with your signed CCS161 form and sample of work.
We have created a tracking spreadsheet that you may wish to use to record this time.
We will send your sample request via email from ‘J276samplerequest@ocr.org.uk’ by the beginning of May.
The size of the sample depends on the number of candidates in your cohort:
Candidates have until 15 May in the year of entry to complete the Programming Project. You must return your sample within 3 working days of this date to the following address. We will send you specific address labels (these will be pink) by the end of April.
J276 Programming Project Sample
Post Exams OCR
DC10 Hill Farm Road
Send candidate work to us on USB, CD or DVD, making sure a return address is added to the back of the packet in case of non-delivery. Candidates should create a single file using the following file naming convention:
Separate source files or compiled code are not required.
Where multiple files cannot be avoided (such as a Word document with video evidence for some testing), label them clearly.
We recommend you keep back ups of all candidate work. We will not return candidate work to your centre.
Please see the guidance document for more information.
We recommend you send unencrypted data wherever possible. If you have no other option than to use encrypted data, you can use the password provided within the sample request to secure the USB, CD or DVD.
Alternatively, you can create your own password and then email the password to us at J276SampleRequest@ocr.org.uk.
After you’ve sent in your sample, we may have further questions or we could need an additional sample of work. We may request these at any time so please make sure your entire cohort’s candidate work is available.
Monitors will be checking whether candidates have had the opportunity to spend 20 hours on their Programming Project. They will review the work to make sure it is the candidates’ own and they have appropriately referenced any source material. They will also check candidates have covered each part of the Programming Project as per Section 4d of the specification.
On restricted results day, you will receive confirmation of whether the requirements of the Programming Project were met or not.