Candidates studying computing science

Date published: 20/02/2023

FOI reference: 22/23 141

Date received: 09/02/2023

Date responded: 20/02/2023

Information requested

I wish to submit a freedom of information request for the following questions in relation to students studying at secondary school within the whole of Scotland for the past 5 academic years, including the current academic year.

1. Please provide the total number of students in each year group (I.e. 1st Year\2nd Year\3rd Year etc.), who have undertaken a computing science related subject, detailing the level e.g. NAT5, Higher etc. for the whole of Scotland providing detail per local authority. Please separate the figures per academic year.

2. Please provide an additional breakdown of the above figures to represent how many of these students were female\male.

3. Please provide statistics for each of the requested academic years detailing how many students dropped a computing relating science providing a breakdown per female\male.

4. Is Computing Science a compulsory subject? If yes, please specify:

1. How long is it compulsory for I.e. what year can the student choose to drop this as a subject?

5. What measures, if any, are secondary schools putting in place to address the gender imbalance of male to female students studying computing related subjects?

6. Are any addition clubs\after school activities provided in relating to computing and technology? If so please provide the statistic of the pupils attending, providing a breakdown per male\female students

Response

The information relating to questions 1, 2 and 3 is contained within the spreadsheet.

4. Is Computing Science a compulsory subject? If yes, please specify:

1. How long is it compulsory for I.e. what year can the student choose to drop this as a subject?

As required under Section 17 of FOISA, if we do not hold information requested, we must advise you accordingly.

We do not hold any information on the subject matter requested.

This is not a question that SQA Awarding Body can provide a response. SQA are responsible for the Computing Science qualifications and assessment and not the curriculum or learning and teaching of the subject. Education Scotland may be best placed to answer this question.

5. What measures, if any, are secondary schools putting in place to address the gender imbalance of male to female students studying computing related subjects?

As required under Section 17 of FOISA, if we do not hold information requested, we must advise you accordingly.

We do not hold any information on the subject matter requested.

This is not a question that SQA Awarding Body can provide a response. SQA are responsible for the Computing Science qualifications and assessment and not the curriculum or learning and teaching of the subject. Education Scotland, individual schools or local authorities may be best placed to answer this question.

6. Are any addition clubs\after school activities provided in relating to computing and technology? If so please provide the statistic of the pupils attending, providing a breakdown per male\female students

As required under Section 17 of FOISA, if we do not hold information requested, we must advise you accordingly.

We do not hold any information on the subject matter requested.

This is not a question that SQA Awarding Body can provide a response. SQA are responsible for the Computing Science qualifications and assessment. Individual schools, or collectively local authorities may be better placed to answer this question.

Documents:

files_ccc/foi-22-23-141-information-sheet.xlsx (86 KB)