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7.2.2
Qualificationentries
Candidatesmustenterforqualificationcertificationseparatelyfromunitassessment(s).Ifa
certificationentryisnotmade,nooverallgradecanbeawarded.
Candidatesmayenterfor:
• GCSEcertificationJ275.
Acandidatewhohascompletedalltheunitsrequiredforthequalificationmustenterforcertificationin
thesameexaminationseriesinwhichtheterminalrulesaresatisfied.
GCSEcertificationisavailablefromJune2011.
7.3
Terminalrule
Candidatesmusttakeatleast40%oftheoverallassessmentinthesameseriestheyenterforthe
qualificationcertification.This40%ofassessmentwillcontributetothecandidate’sfinalgrade.
7.4
Unitandqualificationre-sits
Candidatesmayre-siteachunitoncebeforeenteringforcertificationforaGCSE.
Candidatesmayenterforthequalificationanunlimitednumberoftimes.
ForUnitsA452andA453candidatesmustbeenteredforeithercomponent01or02.Centresmust
enteralloftheircandidatesforONEofthecomponents.Itisnotpossibleforcentrestoofferboth
componentswithinthesameseries.
A451
01
WrittenPaper
A452A
01
ModeratedviaOCR
Repository
A452B
02
ModeratedviaPostal
moderation
A453A
01
ModeratedviaOCR
Repository
A453B
02
ModeratedviaPostal
moderation
Unitentry
code
Component
code
Assessmentmethod
Unittitles
Computersystemsandprogramming
Practicalinvestigation
Programmingproject
7.5
Enquiriesaboutresults
Undercertaincircumstances,acentremaywishtoquerytheresultissuedtooneormorecandidates.
EnquiriesaboutResultsforGCSEunitsmustbemadeimmediatelyfollowingtheseriesinwhichthe
relevantunitwastaken(bytheEnquiriesaboutResultsdeadline).
PleaserefertotheJCQPost-ResultsServicesbookletandtheOCRAdminGuideforfurtherguidance
aboutactiononthereleaseofresults.Copiesofthelatestversionsofthesedocumentscanbe
obtainedfromtheOCRwebsite.
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7.6
Shelf-lifeofunits
Individualunitresults,priortocertificationofthequalification,haveashelf-lifelimitedonlybythatof
thequalification.
7.7
Prohibitedqualificationsandclassificationcode
Everyspecificationisassignedanationalclassificationcodeindicatingthesubjectareatowhichit
belongs.Theclassificationcodeforthisspecificationis2610.
CentresshouldbeawarethatcandidateswhoenterformorethanoneGCSEqualificationwiththe
sameclassificationcodewillhaveonlyonegrade(thehighest)countedforthepurposeoftheSchool
andCollegePerformanceTables.
Centresmaywishtoadvisecandidatesthat,iftheytaketwospecificationswiththesameclassification
code,schoolsandcollegesareverylikelytotaketheviewthattheyhaveachievedonlyoneofthetwo
GCSEs.ThesameviewmaybetakenifcandidatestaketwoGCSEspecificationsthathavedifferent
classificationcodesbuthavesignificantoverlapofcontent.Candidateswhohaveanydoubtsabout
theirsubjectcombinationsshouldseekadvice,forexamplefromtheircentreortheinstitutiontowhich
theywishtoprogress.
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8 OtherinformationaboutGCSEComputing
ThereissomeoverlapbetweenthecontentofthisspecificationandthatofspecificationsinGCSE
ICT.
8.1
Overlapwithotherqualifications
GCSEqualificationsaregeneralqualificationswhichenablecandidatestoprogresseitherdirectlyto
employment,ortoproceedtofurtherqualifications,egLevel3qualificationssuchasGCEComputing
andGCEICT.
ProgressiontofurtherstudyfromGCSEwilldependuponthenumberandnatureofthegrades
achieved.Broadly,candidateswhoareawardedmainlyGradesDtoGatGCSEcouldeither
strengthentheirbasethroughfurtherstudyofqualificationsatLevel1withintheNational
QualificationsFrameworkorcouldproceedtoLevel2.CandidateswhoareawardedmainlyGradesA*
toCatGCSEwouldbewellpreparedforstudyatLevel3withintheNationalQualifications
Framework.
8.2
Progressionfromthisqualification
OCRhastakengreatcareinpreparationofthisspecificationandassessmentmaterialstoavoidbias
ofanykind.
8.3
Avoidanceof bias
ThisspecificationcompliesinallrespectswiththecurrentGCSE,GCEandAEACodeofPracticeas
availableontheQCAwebsiteandTheStatutoryRegulationofExternalQualifications2004.Currently
therearenosubjectcriteriaforGCSEComputing,howeveritcomparesinsubstanceandrangetothe
GCSEICTcriteria.
8.4
CodeofPractice/Commoncriteriarequirements/Subjectcriteria
ThisspecificationandassociatedassessmentmaterialsareinEnglishonly.
8.5
Language
Thisspecificationoffersopportunitiesthatcancontributetoanunderstandingoftheseissuesinthe
followingways.
Thisspecificationencouragescandidatestoexplorethespiritual,moral,ethical,social,legislative,and
culturalaspectsoftheintroductionofcomputer-basedsolutionstoproblemsthroughastudyoftheir
effectsonsociety.
Throughcandidates’studyofUnitsA451andA452,theyhaveanopportunitytodeveloptheir
understandingofspiritual,moral,ethical,social,legislative,andculturalissues. Theseunitsconsider
issuessuchaschangingleisurepatternsandworkpractices,privacyandconfidentialityofdataheldin
systems,opportunitiesforaccesstoinformation,andenvironmentalissues.
8.6
Spiritual,moral,ethical,social,legislative,economicandculturalissues
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Thisspecificationsupportstheseissues,consistentwithcurrentEUagreements,asoutlinedbelow.
Theseunitsencouragecandidatestodevelopenvironmentalresponsibilitybaseduponasound
understandingoftheprincipleofsustainabledevelopment.
8.7
Sustainabledevelopment,healthandsafetyconsiderationsand
Europeandevelopments,consistentwithinternationalagreements
8.8
KeySkills
ThisspecificationprovidesopportunitiesforthedevelopmentoftheKeySkillsofCommunication,
ApplicationofNumber,InformationTechnology,WorkingwithOthers,ImprovingOwnLearningand
PerformanceandProblemSolvingatLevels1and/or2.However,theextenttowhichthisevidence
fulfilstheKeySkillscriteriaattheselevelswillbetotallydependentonthestyleofteachingand
learningadoptedforeachunit.
Thefollowingtableindicateswhereopportunitiesmayexistforatleastsomecoverageofthevarious
KeySkillscriteriaatLevels1and/or2foreachunit.
DetailedopportunitiesforgeneratingKeySkillsevidencethroughthisspecificationarepostedonthe
OCRwebsite(www.ocr.org.uk).AsummarydocumentforKeySkillsCoordinatorsshowingwaysin
whichopportunitiesforKeySkillsarisewithinGCSEcourseshasbeenpublished.
A451
A452
Unit
C
1
2
1
2
1
2
1
2
1
2
1
2
AoN
IT
WwO
IoLP
PS
A453
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AppendixA:Guidancefortheproductionof
electroniccontrolledassessment
Acontrolledassessmentportfolioisacollectionoffoldersandfilescontainingthecandidate’s
evidence.Foldersshouldbeorganisedinastructuredwaysothattheevidencecanbeaccessed
easilybyateacherormoderator.Thisstructureiscommonlyknownasafoldertree.Itwouldbe
helpfulifthelocationofparticularevidenceismadeclearbynamingeachfileandfolder
appropriatelyandbyuseofanindexcalled‘HomePage’.
Thereshouldbeatoplevelfolderdetailingthecandidate’scentrenumber,candidatenumber,
surnameandforename,togetherwiththeunitcodeA452/3,sothattheportfolioisclearly
identifiedastheworkofonecandidate.
Eachcandidateproducesanassignmentforcontrolledassessment.Theevidenceshouldbe
containedwithinaseparatefolderwithintheportfolio.Thisfoldermaycontainseparatefiles.
Eachcandidate’scontrolledassessmentportfolioshouldbestoredinasecureareaonthe
Centre’snetwork.PriortosubmittingthecontrolledassessmentportfoliotoOCR,thecentre
shouldaddafoldertothefoldertreecontainingcontrolledassessmentandsummaryforms.
Structureforevidence
Inordertominimisesoftwareandhardwarecompatibilityissuesitwillbenecessarytosave
candidates’workusinganappropriatefileformat.
Candidatesmustuseformatsappropriatetotheevidencethattheyareprovidingandappropriate
toviewingforassessmentandmoderation.Openfileformatsorproprietaryformatsforwhicha
downloadablereaderorplayerisavailableareacceptable.Wherethisisnotavailable,thefile
formatisnotacceptable.
Electroniccontrolledassessmentisdesignedtogivecandidatesanopportunitytodemonstrate
whattheyknow,understandandcandousingcurrenttechnology.Candidatesdonotgainmarks
forusingmoresophisticatedformatsorforusingarangeofformats.Acandidatewhochoosesto
useonlyworddocumentswillnotbedisadvantagedbythatchoice.
Evidencesubmittedislikelytobeintheformofwordprocesseddocuments,PowerPoint
presentations,digitalphotosanddigitalvideo.
Toensurecompatibility,allfilessubmittedmustbeintheformatslistedbelow.Wherenewformats
becomeavailablethatmightbeacceptable,OCRwillprovidefurtherguidance.OCRadvises
againstchangingthefileformatthatthedocumentwasoriginallycreatedin.Itisthecentre’s
responsibilitytoensurethattheelectronicportfoliossubmittedformoderationareaccessibleto
themoderatorandfullyrepresenttheevidenceavailableforeachcandidate.
Dataformatsforevidence
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Movieformatsfordigitalvideoevidence
MPEG(*.mpg)
QuickTimemovie(*.mov)
MacromediaShockwave(*.aam)
MacromediaShockwave(*.dcr)
Flash(*.swf)
WindowsMediaFile(*.wmf)
MPEGVideoLayer4(*.mp4)
Audioorsoundformats
MPEGAudioLayer3(*.mp3)
Graphicsformatsincludingphotographicevidence
JPEG(*.jpg)
Graphicsfile(*.pcx)
MSbitmap(*.bmp)
GIFimages(*.gif)
Textformats
CommaSeparatedValues(.csv)
PDF(.pdf)
Richtextformat(.rtf)
Textdocument(.txt)
MicrosoftOfficesuite
PowerPoint(.ppt)
Word(.doc)
Excel(.xls)
Visio(.vsd)
Project(.mpp)
Animationformats
MacromediaFlash(*.fla)
Structuredmarkupformats
XML(*xml)
AcceptedFileFormats
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