The latest UK GCSE results give an insight into the direction of IT in education; both Computing and ICT saw an increase in both pupil numbers and top grade results.
The latest GCSE results were released last week, and show that the number of students studying and sitting ICT has risen by more than 15% from 2014, whilst the number studying and sitting Computing at GCSE has more than doubled in the same period. This is in contrast to A-Level results, released a fortnight ago, which showed an increase in Computing, but a decrease in ICT.
Increased Pupil Numbers for Both ICT and Computing
In the results, released by the Joint Council for Qualifications, the number of people sitting GCSE ICT in 2015 was 111,934, up from 96,811 the previous year, an increase of more than 15%. Computing, on the other hand, saw a major increase in the number of examinees in 2015; up more than 110% at 35,414, from 16,773 in 2014.
Top Grades Also See Improvement
As well as an increase in examinees, the percentage of students receiving an A*has increased across the two subjects. The number of pupils receiving the top grade in ICT rose from 1.90% to 2.1%, or an addition 52 students. The number of pupils receiving the top grade in Computing also rose, from 0.3% to 0.7%, or an addition 172 students.
The subject of ICT is, for now at least, still dominant compared to Computing, being studied by three times as many students, although the gap between the two subjects is being eroded. Between the two subjects though, student numbers rose by more than 25% from 2014 to 2015.