UK government introduces computer science to English Baccalaureate, becomes “fourth science”

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The government has announced that computer science will be included in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) system. The move follows Next Gen Skills’ recommendation yesterday, which came in response to poor Computing A-level take-up.

The EBacc, which was introduced in 2010 to encourage take-up of – and recognise success in – academic subjects, consists of english, mathematics, sciences, languages, as well as history or geography. Computer Science will become the fourth science alongside physics, chemistry and biology.

“Getting Computer Science accepted as a subject on the English Baccalaureate could be transformational,” says Next Gen Skills co-chair Ian Livingstone. “It is a huge victory for the Next Gen Skills campaign and our partners.

“Computer Science is now officially the fourth science, on a par with the other sciences, and a core subject for children to learn. This will help ensure that this country produces a new generation of digital makers, not just for the games industry, but for all creative and digital industries. The legacy of Alan Turing lives on!”

It’s a clear sign of how seriously the government is taking the ongoing technology-focused educational reforms, and bodes well for a not-too-distant future in which the UK game industry does not suffer from a deficit of local talent.