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NEA guide OCR

GCSE Computer Science (9-1)
Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) Guide
Ceredig Cattanach-Chell

Full coverage of every area in the mark scheme

NEA contents page

Information on setting up the report and help guides on how to do this

NEA report

Examples, hints and tips throughout

NEA report headers

Progress checks at the end of each chapter

NEA report cover

OCR NEA GuideGCSE Computer Science
Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) Guide
Note: This product is for the original 2017 NEA and does not reflect changes since

for OCR – ISBN  9781911518037

Examples, tips and advice on completing the NEA

Just £109+VAT £81.75+VAT (site licence)


NEA guide OCROne of the hardest stages as a teacher is when a new specification comes through and you are unsure of how to advise your students. This gets even harder when as a teacher you are restricted in the advise you can give in the Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) itself.

This unique resource gives numerous examples and information about how to provide evidence for every point mentioned on the mark scheme. Different methods for providing evidence are also given so that your students can pick the ones most appropriate for them.

Most importantly, the resource is allowed to be used in the NEA itself. The licence allows you to print unlimited copies for your students, or provide it to them in PDF form.

The guide to the NEA contains:

  • Numerous examples of how to provide evidence in the report
  • Guides to setting up the report
  • Hints and tips for completing the report and NEA
  • Can be used in the NEA itself*


The PDF contains:

  • 62 pages
  • 50 examples of how to present evidence
  • All points on the mark scheme covered
  • 38 boxes with hints and tips to completing the NEA
  • A chapter on  report writing techniques
  • Full hyperlinked and bookmarked contents to easily find help in the NEA
  • Full hyperlinked index
  • Alternative methods of providing evidence

The site licence allows you:

  • free printing of as many copies as you like
  • free to share with students and teachers in your school
  • free to upload to a VLE, learning platform (as long as behind a password)
  • free to share in the NEA resources you provide to your students
  • free to use with other year groups learning Python
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1 Non-Exam Assessment

  • What is non-exam assessment (NEA)?
  • What does the NEA consist of?
  • Using the programming techniques
  • Appropriate use of techniques
  • Additional use of techniques
  • Creating a challenging solution
  • Core information
  • Headers and footers

2 Setting Up Your Report

  • Use of fonts
  • Using font styles for headings
  • Making a table of contents
  • Referencing your work
  • Creating a cover page

3 Sample problem

4 Analysis

  • Creating a detailed analysis
  • Decomposition of the problem
  • Method 1: Using top-down decomposition
  • Method 2: Grouping common themes
  • Method 3: Work through step by step
  • Requirements specification and success criteria
  • Justifying your approaches
  • Discussion of testing
  • Real-world utility
  • Creating a robust program through validation
  • Common data entry checks
  • Use of loops in validation
  • Importance of validation
  • Discussing success criteria and validation
  • Evidence log

5 Design

  • Planning the component parts
  • Method 1: Designing with flowcharts
  • Method 2: Designing with pseudocode
  • Benefits of pseudocode
  • Creating pseudocode
  • Formatting ideas
  • Variables and data structures
  • Designing a test plan
  • Modular testing
  • User testing
  • Testing your success criteria
  • Testing for robustness
  • Thorough testing
  • Designing the user interface
  • Discussing user interface features

6 Development

  • Developing the solution
  • Detailed evidence
  • Using screenshots to support development
  • Refining your solution
  • Record of resources used
  • Evidencing a development cycle
  • Modular testing
  • Using your previous modular testing tables
  • Testing code
  • Documenting test tables and evidence
  • Dealing with test failure
  • User testing and user interface testing
  • Modular evaluation
  • Good code maintenance
  • Commenting
  • Code maintenance
  • Variable naming

7 Testing, Evaluation & Conclusions

  • Checking the completed test plan
  • Showing the solution relates to success criteria
  • Discussing unresolved issues
  • Evaluation against success criteria
  • Final evaluation comments

8 Guide to Techniques

  • Techniques covered
  • Creating headers and footers
  • Numbering your pages
  • Automatically creating a table of contents
  • Creating a top-down design
  • Menu options for a top-down design
  • Creating a cover page

Ceredig Cattanach-ChellCeredig graduated from Liverpool University with a BSC (Hons) in Computer Science and obtained a PGCE in ICT from Liverpool Hope University.  He has extensive teaching and moderation experience and has taught secondary ICT and Computer Science for 7 years. Prior to teaching Computer Science he worked in SEBD, EBD and SEN schools at both Secondary and Primary level. Ceredig enjoys programming and Artificial Intelligence. In his spare time he is an avid gamer, enjoys nature and photography, and authoring.


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This resource is equally valuable to individual students to support their study of the NEA as it is to a teacher who might need support.

David ChaplainCS Teacher Trainer (Nottingham Trent University), CAS Master Teacher, Hub Leader

Love it. Easy to use, student friendly, a great resource for the classroom to help structure and prepare for the NEA.

Theresa RussellFaculty Director of Computing, Morecambe Community High School

For those ‘in fear’ on the new NEA, this book takes your breath away! Simple and concise. Just what any Computer Science teacher or student needs.

Ian CooperHarton Technology College (CAS Hub), Lead Teaching School

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*At the time of publishing, this resource met the regulations and guidance from OCR to be used during the NEA. Please be aware that it is possible for an exam board to change their regulations in the future.