A-Level results 2014: ICT students and grades fall slightly

The GCE A-Level results showed that 13,650 people sat A-Level computing and ICT, of which 8,301 attained grades A*-C

The GCE A-Level results showed that 13,650 people sat A-Level Computing and ICT, of which 8,301 attained grades A*-C.

But the number of ICT students and grades at A-Level have dropped slightly across the UK, according to results posted this morning.

The Joint Council for Qualification showed that the number of ICT A-Level students has decreased from last year, with 9,479 students choosing the subject, down from 10,419 last year. The percentage of ICT pupils gaining top grades also decreased from 2.2% gaining an A* last year, to 1.5% this year. The percentage of ICT pupils gaining a grade A*-C also dropped from 65.1% last year to 60.6% this year.

Meanwhile the number of computing students increased from 3,758 in 2013 to 4,171 this year. Top grade A* decreased from 3.3% to 2.8%, while A*-C grades increased from 61.1% last year to 61.3% this year.

ICT and Computing students now take up 1.6% of all subjects.

Females are still outnumbered to males taking ICT and Computing with 3,735 girls choosing these subjects, compared to 9,915 boys.

Girls are gaining the higher grades in ICT, while the boys are gaining the most A* grades in Computing. 2.0% of females gained an A* grade in ICT, compared to 1.3% of males. While in Computing 2.2% of girls gained an A* grade this year, compared to 2.9% of boys.

Meanwhile, over 103,000 students took Maths or Further Maths, of which almost 8,4000 attained grades A* to C.

More students than ever have secured a place on a degree course this year. The number of students going to university or college to study a degree could top 500,000 according to UCAS.

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I'm surprised that the number of people choosing ICT has decreased. I would have thought it'd be growing in popularity seeing how the new economy is emerging.