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.
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.
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.