Technology A-level student numbers fall again
The number of students taking IT-related A-level subjects fell again this year.
ICT student numbers fell 2.7% from 12,277 to 11,948, while the number of computing students fell 7% from 5,068 to 4,710.
The gender divide in technology was also demonstrated by the figures. There were 7,339 on the ICT course, compared with 4,609 girls, and 4,256 boys took A-level computing, compared with just 454 girls.
Those girls who did take ICT tended to perform very well, with 37.5% of female candidates achieving grade A or B, compared with 26.8% of male candidates.
The overall number of students achieving A grades fell slightly from 16.1% to 15.7% in computing, but rose from 9.7% to 10.2% in ICT.
The continual fall in the number of students taking IT-related subjects has been causing headaches for the technology industry for years. The curriculum for both GCSEs and A-levels has come under fire for putting students off.
To be honest:
What do students actually think it would be? Playing around on flash games and "doing" Word?