GCSE results: good news for computing

This year’s GCSE results were announced on Thursday 20th August, showing a rise in the number of students studying computing.

According to the Guardian, 35,000 students sat the subject and 65% achieved A*-C grades.

In September 2014, the government made it mandatory for schools to teach computing to students aged five to 16. Consequently, this is the first year for computing to officially be part of the UK national curriculum.

CBI deputy director-general Katja Hall said: “The huge leap in numbers of those studying computing is the icing on the cake. Digital skills are essential in the modern world and economy, and for keeping the UK at the forefront of technological innovations.”

Hall did, however, point out a lack of female students studying the subject. She said: “…the fact that less than one in five computing students are women means we are missing out on a huge pool of digital talent.”

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