Computer science is now the fastest growing subject, according to new data


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The number of female students achieving A level Computing in England has increased by 17.8% over the past year and by 64% from 2019 to 2022 (data not available for Wales or Ireland North)

Female students continue to outperform their male counterparts at A level, with more female students achieving higher grades.

In 2022, 38.8% of women scored an A* or A at A level, compared to 34.4% of men. In 2019, 18.7% of women scored an A* or A at A level, compared to 17.4% of men.

Encouraging trends, but no time for complacency

Julia Adamson, Director of Education at BCS, said, “Students know that computing gives them the opportunity to change the world. From autonomous vehicles to media and communications, banking and healthcare, we are in a digital society and computer skills are among the most in demand.

“It is therefore exciting that more young people have opted for higher studies in computer science at university – and particularly important to report continued growth in the number of young women represented and achieving top marks.”

Charlene Hunter MBE, CEO of Coding Black Females and member of the BCS Influencing Committee, said: “It is great to see young women choosing to take IT courses in record numbers, but we cannot du all be complacent.

“In a world where big challenges like climate change and cybersecurity require highly skilled technologists, we need an ever-growing number of people from diverse backgrounds to see IT as an ethical and ambitious career choice. .”

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