EDUQAS Computer Science 9_1 GCSE

If you would like help and support for teaching Eduqas 9_1 and WJEC GCSE Computer Science then:

1.  There is a Facebook group here: Teachers of Eduqas 9-1 & WJEC GCSE Computer Science.  This was started as part of the TSG (see below) instead of our Google+ group, but has now grown to be an Eduqas/WJEC GCSE and A-level group.  It is a closed group but open to all Eduqas and WJEC teachers who wish to join.  We now have a good critical mass of teachers and thank you to everyone who is contributing, including Andy Parker, Eduqas/WJEC CS support officer.
2.  Membership of North Yorks Teacher Support Group (TSG).  Since September 2015, I have run this group with termly meetings listed here.  We have built up, and continue to add to, a GAFE stored set of resources which are indexed below.   These have been made available to all Eduqas teachers free from January 2019.  
– Chris Sharples, June 2019

Why Eduqas 9_1 Computer Science?
Our choice at Lady Lumley’s School is based on what is best for the students and our view this is the EDUQAS version (English accredited WJEC) as it has a practical exam for the component 2 unit on Computational Thinking.   I also like the slightly more traditional approach in the sequencing of topics, and unlike some, I think a second language (Java through Greenfoot) is useful for the students.  There is also a positive marking policy which is very fair to the students.

TSG 17-18_01, Thursday 14th September 2017 – location: Malton School 
Develop full understanding of Mark Scheme for Component 3 NEA for ourselves and our students, and develop own capability to fully understand current NEA 17-18 including differentiated solutions.  
TSG 17-18_02, Thursday 1st February 2018 – location: Lady Lumley’s School.  Component 3 (NEA) Moderation.  Everyone to bring a marked  low/medium/high version of 2018 NEA student work to moderate.

TSG Eduqas 9_1 resources:

Resources – Latest at the top  Descriptions:
Homework booklets for 1.1-1.9 Component 1- Homework Booklets – from Emma Williams
Detailed walkthrough for Train8 Greenfoot Task from SAM booklet. In 2 parts – easy and hard – slides solve a,b,c and h called Copy of greenfoot wjec train solution1. Doc called Copy of greenfoot wjec train solution 2 solves d-g.
Stages of compilation The Craig’n’Dave video (free) on stages of compilation absolutely nails the syllabus requirements.  I’ve asked my students to do Cornell notes:  which we use with Craig’n’Dave A-level videos.
Eduqas 9_1 Mock Exam Paper and mark scheme v4 paper and mark scheme available here.  The questions are in syllabus order, for units 1-5.  Made mainly of 2017 Eduqas legacy paper and AQA and OCR SAMs questions.  
GCSE WJEC Rafting Cymru Exemplar on secure WJEC site Detailed Instructions for Finding the Moderation example for GCSE WJEC Rafting Cymru Exemplar
Student Resources for NEA understanding Links to NEA understanding resources Here and blogpost.  NEA Example slides for Mark Scheme 123 / Student version of NEA Mark bands – 3 levels / Differentiated Marking Grids 1-2 and 2-3 / Reviews of time spent  (Aug 2017)
Complete set of resources for Y10 and Y11 legacy WJEC Folder here – given at the 2nd TSG meeting From Phil Brown (and Vicki Jackson) at Welsh High School.
Marking grids Marking grids as pdf (Teachers guide p.46-52)
Glossary  Python Syntax Glossary – Rhys Drury 03-07-17
NEA  Progress with Eduqas 9-1 NEA – 4 pages on the preparation
GUI GUIZero Installation instructions. 

3 sets of GuiZero slides (41 slides from Gary) showing students how to install and use GuiZero).

Python KS4 Hint Sheet   The best hint sheet I have found and then edited for Eduqas – Python Hint Sheet KS4
NEA Briefing doc *NEW* Eduqas NEA (Component 3) briefing sheet to summarise what you need to prepare and to carry out the NEA in September 2017.  (Developed at the June TSG to share within the TSG group).
Two 9-1 NEA exemplars   I have added pdfs of both the NEA exemplars,  Park View Primary and Rafting Cymru, to the previous exams\2018 Samples folder.
Various Solutions  to SAM NEA Park View Primary exemplar    3 solutions Andrew McGregor 19-05-17;
3 solutions Gary Scott 16-06-17 ;
Rick Barnes 16-06-17
These are freely available on the closed FB group but I have added them to the TSG group in Shared Teacher > Resources > @Component 3 resources (NEA) as otherwise they could be accessed by students from here.
Component 3 (NEA) exemplar    An A-grade, moderator agreed mark (47/50) Betty’s Best Ever Bakery Component 3 exemplar inc Student Report, completed Teacher Commentary and Student .py example.
Algorithms – three ways Algorithms – 3 ways are 9 worksheets, each with an algorithm that students need to develop as a flowchart / pseudocode / and Python.  Answer sheets included which have had the Pseudocode adjusted for Eduqas pseudocode as per Appendix C. 
Latest updated advice from Eduqas Overview Eduqas CS GCSE_201673 slides explaining each of the 3 components
Update from Eduqas We must use Greenfoot 2.4.2 for 2017-18
Latest JCQ Instructions for conducting NEAs JCQ Instructions for conducting non-examination assessments (new GCE & GCSE specifications) 2017 to 31 August 2018 – do you have a school policy?
Categorised exam questions Categorised exam questions from Aman Gill – All previous questions and SAMs split up into Eduqas syllabus categories.
Summary of all previous WJEC legacy papers and 9_1 SAMs This folder @Previous Papers has all previous Legacy papers 2014-17 and 2018 SAMS (Eduqas and Welsh) all sorted and including answers. This summary doc describes all questions in all papers including Component 3 Python descriptions and the new SAMs, Welsh and English.
Greenfoot training materials from TSG5

Greenfoot v2.4.2 needed for the component 2 exam.

Bespoke Greenfoot slides (33) integrating the required Java terms with the Greenfoot tutorials including exemplar code for all the tutorials and a discussion of the technocamp solution (which has an error) and the Eduqas solution for counters.  Also  Unit 2 2015 Task 3 – [updated June 17] 32 slides going through the 2015 Component 2 Greenfoot IceBreaker to share with students with two step-by-step solutions for counter
NEA advice Latest NEA advice from Andy Parker, Eduqas Computer Science Subject Officer (Jan 17-). And Eduqas info on managing non-examination assessment for GCSE (9-1) Computer Science (first teaching September 2016).
Protocols for NEA are listed in syllabus p.16-21 inc supervision, help, and libraries.  
Little Man Computer resources Little Man Computer two lesson Scheme of Learning with introductory Powerpoint (originally from CAS London), differentiated tasks (originally from Mark Clarkson), and 3 exemplar youtube videos (made by CSH).  Includes Pete Dring’s Assembly language Tank game.
Component 3 resources   Component 3 links to detailed slides for learning python for Component 3
9_1 grade boundaries 9_1 grade boundaries for theory based on 2016 WJEC exam
My list of resources Here is my EduqasStudentTheoryResources linking to text book, MOOC and BBC resources.  I am using PGOnline AQA resources and their AQA textbook which are both password protected.
Detailed syllabus and teacher guidance.

Main Resource Directory (shared with TSG members)

Here is an online version of the combined online Eduqas Syllabus and Teacher Guidance which may be downloaded and copied.

This version is kept updated with resources.

Proposed Y10 schedule from Phil Brown Phil’s suggested Y10 schedule of Theory and Component 2 and 3.  Both Phil and I are working to cover all the theory once by the end of the year, then concentrate on revisiting the harder parts in Y11.
Eduqas resources Links to GCSE Computer Science Specification and Guidance for teaching,  and course materials ( inc. full written resource for the whole syllabus)
 Introduction to course  Notes from visit by Ian Gillam, Eduqas Computer Science Subject Officer
Choosing Eduqas 9_1 Computer Science GCSE Pete Dring’s analysis of all 4 exam board draft specs.
Moderating 9_1 NEA Our second TSG of 2017-18 will be on Weds 31 January 2017 to moderate 3 pieces of work each.  Any materials / code will be shared here.
Published 9_1 NEA Our first TSG of 2017-18 will be on Weds 13 September 2017  to work through the published 9_1 NEA together.  Any materials / code will be shared here.

Link to Agenda for TSG16/17_3: Weds 14th June 2017 – Training on Component 3 NEA training.  Briefing sheet and NEA examples added above.
Link to Minutes from TSG16/17_2: Weds 1st March 2017 – Nick Field, CAS MT – Training on Greenfoot – resources above.
Link to Minutes from TSG16/17_1: Weds 5th October 2016 – Chris Sharples – Training on LMC – resources above
Link to Minutes from TSG 3: Weds 22nd June 2016  – Phil Brown, teacher of current WJEC legacy
Link to Minutes from TSG 2: Weds 24th February 2016  – Ian Gillam, Eduqas Computer Science Subject Officer
Link to Minutes from TSG 1: Weds 14th October 2015 – Steve Kenny, Qualifications Manager AQA

I’m also advocating better Computer Science teaching and learning – please see my Computer Science GCSE Blog  for techniques and resources.  Also Inspiration for #CompSci: Videos, Articles and Books.

KS3 Resources:

Python Challenges –
KS3 Network unit from Gary Scott
KS3 Scratch Maths


EDUQAS GCSE (9-1) Computer Science Specification