Computing Options at GCSE:Interim Survey Results

Computing Options at GCSE:Interim Survey Results

A word cloud of the GCSE options that schools are offering in Computing and related subjects

A couple of weeks ago I launched a survey to find out what GCSE options schools were offering to their students. In return for completing the survey, you receive an up-to-date list of officially approved qualifications in Computer Science and other digital technology subjects. If you would like to take part in the survey and by so doing acquire this marvellous freebie, here is the link:

ICT and Computing Qualifications Survey

Actually, that's the link even if you don't wish to take part in the survey, but you know what I mean.

Anyway, here are some initial results. Bear in mind that I haven't had the chance to send out this "call to action" in my own newsletter, Digital Education, yet, so these results may change once I've done that.

The big picture

First thing to do is look at the word cloud above. I thought that would be the easiest way of conveying the gist of what schools are doing. As you can, Computer Science is the main offering, with the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) a close second (perhaps unsurprisingly given that one organisation has claimed to be able to get students through it in three days -- see this news article).

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Terry Freedman is an independent educational ICT consultant with over 35 years of experience in education. He publishes the ICT in Education website and the newsletter “Digital Education."