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Just 3,420 A-Level students take up computing during 2011/12; Only 376 in London
The low take-up of computing in UK schools is hurting growth in UK tech industries, a new report from Next Gen Skills has claimed.
The report highlighted statistics from the Department of Education that showed just 3,420 A-Level students had taken up computing during 2011/2012, down from a high of 12,529 in 1998.
Of those who entered, only 376 students enrolled in computing A-levels in London.
Six central London boroughs such as Westminster, Camden, Islington, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Southwark meanwhile only had 33 A-level students in computing, despite being identified by the Greater London Authority as having the highest concentration of tech in Europe.
In response to the statistics, industry luminary and Next Gen Skills co-chair Ian Livingstone said that English schools were “failing to produce students in enough numbers to fill the needs of hi tech and creative businesses”.