Computing GCSEs rises by 9%

Computing GCSEs rises by 9%

The number of students who have registered to take the 2017 GCSE computing exam has increased by 9% year on year.

Figures from the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL) show that the number of year 10 and 11 students taking the computing GCSE has risen from 63,650 in 2016 to 69,350 in 2017.

Guita Blake, senior vice president and head of Europe at IT consultancy Mindtree, said more needs to be done to encourage young people to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects – to ensure they gain the skills needed to take part in a digital future. 

She said: “In the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, these statistics highlight the need for a significantly greater commitment to the ‘STEM agenda’ in the UK. Inspiring the next generation of computer experts is critical for the future of the IT industry and for the UK economy.”

The number of people choosing to take the IT GCSE has dropped from 74,750 in 2016 to 61,500 in 2017.   

In a bid to prepare young people for jobs in the future, the government created the computing curriculum in 2014. The new curriculum requires children from the age of five to start learning concepts such as computational thinking.  

This will eventually lead to the end of ICT being taught in schools and a bigger focus on computer science qualifications.   

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