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GCSE Computer Science Uptake Increases

The number of students studying computer science at GCSE has increased in 2014.

Figures released by the Joint Council for Qualifications show 16,733 students sat the computer science GCSE exam this year, compared with 4,253 in 2013.

The number of males taking the subject rose from 3,640 in 2013 to 14,205 in 2014 and the number of females rose from just 613 in 2013 to 2,568 in 2014.

Schools reform minister Nick Gribb congratulated everyone on their recent GCSE results.

He said: "The GCSE subjects they are taking are those most valued by colleges, employers and universities, and will help young people to succeed in modern Britain.

"An exams system had developed that worked against the best efforts of teachers and the best interests of pupils. These results show our plan for education is correcting that."

Melissa Di Donato, vice president of ISV and OEM programs for Europe and Asia-Pacific at Salesforce said empowering future students to pursue careers in IT has never been more important as the industry is currently experiencing a shortage of software developers.

She said: "Learning to code and motivating students to focus on STEM [science, technology, engineering and maths] disciplines at university is an important step to a career in IT.

"Successful, well-rounded companies need to draw from the entire workforce - and training and education is the necessary first step to creating that skilled workforce. This broad focus will help to enhance the industry in its current state and create a wave of new role models for generations to come."

From September 2014, the UK national curriculum will require computing to be taught in schools from the ages of 5-16, instead of ICT.

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