Diagnostic assessment for GCSE computer science - short course CP412

Learn how to use quality-assured, free subject knowledge tests for diagnostic assessment of students of computer science GCSE.


Assessment of subject knowledge is important to inform teaching. This short session introduces the free, quality-assured test banks provided by the National Centre for Computing Education, designed to reduce teacher workload. Two assessment packages will be presented:

  • Diagnose gaps in KS3 computing curriculum knowledge to ensure students have firm foundations at transition, or upon the return to classroom teaching;

  • Assess the breadth of the GCSE Computer Science curriculum, providing an additional source of data to support centre-assessment of summer exams.

You’ll learn how to easily adapt tests to fit your curriculum expectations, and how to assign tests to classes of students. Each test produces a rich set of assessment data that can be used to adapt teaching and target interventions.

Who is it for?

Teachers and subject leaders of KS3 computing and GCSE computer science

How will you learn?

A single, scheduled live, interactive online sessions led by an experienced practitioner.

How long is this course?

The short course lasts approximately 60 minutes.


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • know the content and structure of quality-assured tests for GCSE computer science
  • be able to allocate tests to your classes
  • understand how to access and utilise assessment data to inform teaching