Posted on: 15/08/13
GCE A-level results released on Thursday 15 August 2013 show that the number of students taking A Level Computing has fallen for the tenth consecutive year.
Just 3,758 people sat the qualification, a decline of 1.3% on the previous year, and they account for just 0.4 of all A levels.
Only 6.5% of entrants are female, 1.3 percentage points lower than last year. More encouragingly, more than one in five girls who took the exam achieved an A or A* grade, compared with 15.4% of boys.
The picture is similar for ICT A level, which recorded a decline in entries of 6%. 10,419 people sat the exam, which made up 1.2% of all A Levels, and 38% of entrants were female.
These declines took place against a background of increasing interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects as a whole. Uptake of STEM subjects at A Level rose 1.9% in 2013, with Chemistry showing the strongest increase at 5.25%.
Commenting on the results, Karen Price OBE, Chief Executive of e-skills UK, said,
"All students who received their A Level results today should be congratulated on their achievements. We wish them every success, and hope many will consider an apprenticeship or degree in IT.
"The continuing decline in the number of students taking A-level Computing is disappointing, as is the very low proportion of girls - especially given the rising demand for new entrants to the IT sector. Employers are collaborating with e-skills UK and others to help address this problem, for example developing inspiring new curricula and qualifications in schools and universities, and dispelling the misperceptions that stop too many talented students from pursuing an exciting, rewarding career in technology."
Summary of GCE A-Level Results, 2013
- The provisional UK Computing GCE A-Level results for 2013 show a decline in entries from 2012 with the number being 3,758 (a decrease of 1.34%).
- The number of Computing A-Levels as a proportion of all A-Levels sat in the UK is 0.4%, the same proportion as in 2012.
- The proportion of females who sat the 2013 Computing A-Level is 6.5%, 1.3 percentage points lower than in 2012.
- The proportion of A* grades obtained from the Computing A-Level has decreased from 3.4% in 2012 to 3.3% in 2013. This proportion is lower than across all A-Level subjects, which is 7.6%.
- Females have again gained higher Computing A-Level grades than males with 21.2% of grades awarded to females being A*-A, compared to 15.4% for males.
- The provisional UK ICT GCE A-Level results for 2013 show a decrease in entries from 2013 with the number being 10,419, (a decrease of 6%).
- The number of ICT A-Levels as a proportion of all A-Levels sat in the UK is 1.2%, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points from 2012.
- The proportion of females who sat the 2013 ICT A-Level is 38%, a decrease of one percentage point from 2012.
- The proportion of A* grades obtained from the ICT A-Level has decreased from 2.4% in 2012 to 2.2% in 2013. This proportion is lower than across all A-Level subjects, which is 7.6%.
- Females have again gained higher ICT A-Level grades than males with 16.3% of grades awarded to females being A*-A, compared to 10.3% for males.
- Uptake of all STEM subjects at A-Level in 2013 in the UK has increased by 1.9% over the past year; however uptake of Computing and ICT A-Levels in 2013 in the UK has decreased by 4.8% over the same period.
- In the UK the highest increase in uptake within STEM subjects was Chemistry which increased by 5.25%, in stark contrast to ICT A-Level, which has decreased by 6%.
- In the UK all STEM subjects increased in uptake apart from Computing, ICT and Design and Technology A-Levels. Across all subjects there was a decline in uptake of 1.3%.
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