More students than ever are sitting Computer Science at A Level exams this year, with data revealing it is now the fastest growing subject.
Analysis by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT found that entries in England to take Computer Science A level were up by nearly 18% on last year.
Though there are many routes to a tech career, BCS said the subject’s growing popularity was important to the pipeline of talent working in areas like digital health and climate change.
BCS ‘study of Ofqual’s provisional data shows that 15,210 students are sitting Computer Science A Level in England this year, up from 12,930 in 2021. This rise of 17.6% is the largest increase of any A Level subject.
It is the highest number of entrants in England ever and a 57% increase over the last five years, BCS, the professional body for information technology, added.
Growing demand for computer science
Demand for computer science is rising across higher education too, with BCS ‘analysis earlier this year showing applications to study computer science degrees also rising by 13% – the biggest increase of any UK university subject.
Dr Bill Mitchell OBE, Director of Policy at BCS, said: “An A-level in Computer Science helps to develop the thinking skills needed to solve the big challenges facing society, whether that’s in healthcare, climate change, or the digital divide.