Number of students taking A-level computing rose in 2021

by Jeremy

This year saw the number of male and female students taking A-level computing in the UK increase compared to 2020. In 2021, 13,829 students in the UK took computing at A-level, a rise from 12,428 entrants the previous year.

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But the subject is still more popular with boys than girls – only 2,031 females took the computing A-level in the summer of 2021, compared with 11,798 boys.

This has been an ongoing trend over the past few years. The number of female computing students increased to 1,797 in 2020, up from 1,475 in 2019 and 1,211 in 2018.

While there have been year-on-year (YoY) increases in the number of girls (and boys) choosing to take the subject, the number of girls taking computing in 2021 – as well as other science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM)-based subjects such as maths, further maths, and physics – is noticeably lower than the number of boys.

Nataniel Okenwa, the developer evangelist at Twilio, said: “Although there’s been an increase in women taking computing A-level and achieving top grades this year compared with 2020, there’s still some way to go to get to a more even footing.

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