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ICT on the raise yet still set to be scrapped

Filed under: CISSP — Jonathan on September 5, 2012

Interest from students in ICT appears to be finally growing, with an increase close to 13 per cent of students choosing to take a GCSE in the subject. In spite of the increase, the government aims to do away with the curriculum, instead launching an alternative in computer science two years from now. Either way, it appears that those seeking information security vacancies, CISSP jobs and other positions in the sector are set to increase in the not-too-distant future.

Those students who took a GCSE in ICT increased in number this year, in spite of the decline in the highest grades, as well as a general decrease in GCSE results which hasn’t occurred for 24 years.

It has been estimated that 658,000 students aged 16 in the UK were recently given their results. 53,197 students sat the exam in ICT this year – up by 12.8 per cent from last year.

The GCSE results were revealed as reforms were being considered by Michael Give, Education Secretary, which could put an end to GCSEs and see the return of a harder exam in the style of O-levels. The first O-level exams are expected to be taken in 2016.

Ofqual, the exam regulator, has been applying some pressure and tougher grading was applied for the GCSE results this year, in a bid against ‘grade inflation’ after criticism of past papers from some subjects. A 2011 WJEC ICT paper included such questions as:

“Give a reason why bank cards have a PIN number.”

There were also questions asking about desktop software for publishing, in relation to checking for spelling errors.

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