The 2015 UK A-level results give an insight into the turning tide of IT in education; the subject of Computing is on the rise, whilst ICT is in decline.
The latest A-level results were released yesterday, and show that the number of students studying and sitting an A-level in Computing has risen by more than a quarter from 2014, whilst the number studying and sitting ICT at A-level has declined in the same period.
Computing Increases, ICT Decreases
In the results, released by the Joint Council for Qualifications, the number of people sitting an A-level in ICT in 2015 was 9124, down from 9479 the previous year, a decline of just under 4%. Computing, on the other hand, saw an increase in the number of examinees in 2015; up 29% at 5383, from 4171 in 2014.
Computing, which tends to have more of a focus on programming and the understanding of computation and digital technology, entered the mainstream curriculum in September 2013 as part of the then education secretary Michael Gove’s intention to replace the ICT curriculum, in order to create “a generation of young people able to work at the forefront of technological change”.
Although the gap between the two subjects is being eroded, the subject of ICT is, for now at least, still dominant over Computing, as two thirds more students are still choosing to study ICT as an A-level. More encouraging however, is the fact that combined, student numbers for the subjects rose by more than 6% from 2014 to 2015.