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Computer Science now Fast Growing subject for Undergraduates

Computer Science now Fast Growing subject for Undergraduates

Computer Science as an undergraduate degree subject has seen a gentle spike in demand between the 2015/16 and 2016/17 academic years, that’s according to the most recent Higher Education Student Statistics survey.

The subject saw a 4% increase in undergraduate enrolment numbers – the biggest percentage rise across all university subjects.

At graduate level there was an increase of 885 in full-time, first year computer students. But in percentage terms that rise lagged behind those for biological sciences, agriculture, creative arts – subjects allied to medicine, history and philosophy.

The number of female students in computer science has increased over the past three academic years. In 2014/15 the figure was 16,040, in 2015/16 the figure was 16,505 and in 2016/17 the figure was 17,390 – an 8.4 increase over the four year cycle.

The percentage of female students studying science subjects overall has also continued to rise, from 39% in 2012/13 to 42% in 2016/17. For England the percentage of full-time, first year female undergraduates in 2016/17 was 39% and in Scotland it was 46%.

At GCSE in 2017 the number of students of both genders who entered computing exams increased by 9% year-on-year from 63,650 in 2016 to 69,360 in 2017.

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