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New GCSE in computer science attracts little interest.

New GCSE in computer science attracts little interest.

Despite computing education in UK schools going through a massive revolution over the past few years to try and make it more relevant to our increasingly technology driven lives, the new GCSE in computer science has failed to attract much interest from students.

Figures from the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) show only a small rise in students taking the new computer science GCSE. This is despite the course having been rebranded and the old GCSE in information and communication technology (ICT) being scrapped.

When the decision to replace the ICT GCSE with only a GCSE in computing was made back in 2015, many teachers and researchers warned this might happen – given that ICT and computer science are very different topics of study. 

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