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Pc science is fastest-growing topic for undergraduates

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Pc science is fastest-growing topic for undergraduates

Pc science as an undergraduate diploma topic has seen a mild spike in demand between the 2015/16 and 2016/17 tutorial years, based on the newest Larger schooling pupil statistics survey.

The topic noticed a four% enhance in undergraduate enrolment numbers – the largest share rise in all topics. Nonetheless, absolutely the quantity – 1,175 – was beneath that for enterprise and administrative research, 2,395.

At graduate stage, there was a rise of 885 in full-time, first-year laptop science college students. However in share phrases, that rise lagged these for organic sciences, agriculture, artistic arts – topics allied to medication, historical past and philosophy. The largest absolute enhance was in enterprise and administrative research – 5,000 college students.

First-year male college students dominated, general, in science topics. Greater than 80% of laptop science and engineering and expertise college students have been male, however there was a lesser preponderance of 62% in arithmetic.

Nonetheless, the variety of feminine college students of laptop science has elevated over the previous three tutorial years. In 2014/15 the determine was 16,040, in 2015/16 it was 16,505, and in 2016/17 it was 17,390 – an eight.four% enhance over the three-year cycle.

The share of feminine college students finding out science topics general has additionally continued to rise, from 39% in 2012/13 to 42% in 2016/17. For England, the proportion of full-time, first-year feminine undergraduates in 2016/17 was 39%, and in Scotland it was 46%.

Welsh and Northern Irish increased schooling establishments additionally registered extra feminine first-year full-time science undergraduate college students, in share phrases, than did England – 43% in Wales and 47% in Northern Eire.

In the meantime, and with a watch to future pupil cohorts, in final yr’s A-levels, the next share of male college students obtained computing A* to B grades than their feminine counterparts. This was a turnaround from 2016, when ladies achieved increased grades than boys in computing A-levels, with 68.5% of ladies receiving A* to C grades, in contrast with 61.four% of boys.

In GCSEs in 2017, the variety of college students of each genders who entered the computing examination elevated by 9% year-on-year, from 63,650 in 2016 to 69,350 in 2017. ………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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