Education and training


High-quality education and training is essential for the IT & Telecoms industry – and for the economy as a whole

Despite a huge increase in people working in the IT & Telecoms industry, the number of people getting IT-related A-levels and Higher Education qualifications has declined.

Our research covers IT-related issues, for the UK and nations in Higher Education, Further Education and schools as well as Apprenticeships and vocational training.

Why you need to know more about the education and training

In Higher Education

  • Despite a 13% resurgence from 2007 to 2009, the number of all applicants to Computing and Telecoms related Higher Education courses in the UK has declined by 44% since 2001.
  • Following two years of increasing applicants and acceptances, the total number of Computing and Telecoms qualifiers from UK Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) is expected to rise in 2011.
  • Of graduates from UK HEIs reporting having entered IT & Telecoms professional occupations within six months of graduation, 50% were from Computing or Telecoms degrees and 50% from other disciplines.
Read more about HE and graduate recruitment in our Research Notes publications

In schools and Further Education

  • Computing A-levels taken have declined by 60% since 2003 and now represent just 0.5% of all A-levels taken across the UK.
  • The number of ICT A-levels taken across the UK had declined by 34% from 2003 to 2009, but has stabilised in 2010 and now constitutes 1.4% of all A-levels sat.
  • The uptake of IT-related GCSE courses has declined by 57% since 2005.

In Apprenticeships

  • In 2008/09 there was a 29% increase on the previous year in IT & Telecoms-related Further Education (FE) apprenticeship programme starts – up to almost 9,000.
  • 51% of IT & Telecoms programme starts were on the 'IT & Telecoms Professional' apprenticeship.
  • Achievements in IT & Telecoms FE apprenticeship programmes have grown by 46% since 2005/06.

In National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs)

  • IT & Telecoms NVQs/SVQs made up 4% of the total NVQ/SVQ awards in 2008/09.
  • 75% of IT & Telecoms NVQs/SVQs are at Level 2.
  • More than 60% of VRQs are at Level 2.


Read more about IT-related education and training in our Technology Insights 2012 reports.

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