GCSE CS Exam Analysis 2022

GCSE exams in 2022 were the first exams following Centre/Teacher Assessed Grades (CAGs/TAGs) in 2020 and 2021 due to the government’s response to the pandemic in canceling exams in 2020 and 2021. The Department for Education (DfE) said it wanted grade boundaries to lie somewhere between 2019 boundaries and 2021 boundaries as part of a transition to moving back to ‘normal’. This was impossible to achieve in GCSE Computer Science because the specifications used for assessment in 2018-2021 were different from those used in 2022 as Year 10 students started to follow new specifications in 2020.

The exam boards offered these specifications for assessment:

Exam Board2018-20212022

The expectation therefore, was that the percentage of students achieving each grade would lie between 2019 and 2021 figures.

This presentation shows a summary of the exam statistics in 2022 and compares them with 2019, looking at common misconceptions related to grade boundaries. It uses data and graphs from this spreadsheet and you can also view data using this spreadsheet.

Watch the presentation I gave at CAS Yorkshire on 29th September 2022