Computing GCSEs slump prompts skills shortage fears

A decline in the total number of students taking GCSEs in computing subjects is fuelling fears of a looming skills shortage.

 

The number of year 11 students taking one of the two computing GCSEs which are currently available, ICT and computer science, has slumped, according to figures released by Ofqual.

 

Despite a 3% increase in overall GCSE entries in England in 2017 there were fewer students selecting computing subjects.

 

The decline was especially notable in the ICT examination, which will be available for the last time in 2018, while there was a very limited rise in its successor GCSE in computer science.

 

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