Students taking Computing GCSE doubles in a year with 121 percent rise in female pupils

Increasing numbers of GCSE students are taking IT subjects

The number of students taking the Computing GCSE has more than doubled over the past 12 months from 16,773 to 35,414.

Figures released by the Joint Council for Qualifications also showed that record numbers of female students took the Computing GCSE, up from 2,568 to 5,678 and equating to a 121 percent increase.

The proportion of students gaining A* to C Computing grades fell slightly, from 65.5 percent in 2014 to 65.1 percent this year.

More pupils also sat the ICT exam, reaching 111,934 this year compared with 96,811 a year earlier. The number of female pupils sitting the exam rose from 41,465 to 47,157.

Much like the Computing results, the percentage of pupils achieving A* to C grades dipped slightly from 69.5 percent in 2014 to 68.8 percent this year.

The gender gap across the technology subjects remains very pronounced, however, despite the increase in female students sitting the exams.

A total of 24,058 male students took the Computing exam this year compared with 5,678 females, while 64,777 male students took the ICT exam compared with 47,157 females.

The number of students taking Mathematics rose by 24,827 to 761,230, but the numbers of students taking the core science subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics fell from 417,365 in 2014 to 410,044 this year.

Despite the increase in the number of students sitting technology-related subjects, the Computing GCSE represents only 1.1 percent of the total number of students taking GCSEs, while 2.5 percent of GCSE students sat the ICT exam. Comparatively, 14.4 percent took Mathematics and 3.1 percent took Physical Education.

The results for 2015 indicate a growing interest in technology subjects, following the increase in students taking ICT last year.

The results should ease the concerns of the technology industry about the paucity of digital and IT skills in the UK.

The rise in the number of students taking Computing A-levels is a positive indication that pupils are showing more interest in technology subjects.

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20 August 2015 | 11:29 am – Source: v3.co.uk

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