SQA results 2019: Higher computing entries fall by 21%

Setting aside computing, the sciences fared better in terms of changes in uptake than the social subjects

Emma Seith

SQA results 2019: Higher computing entries fall by 21%

New statistics on qualifications taken by students in Scotland in 2018-19 reveal some big swings in uptake at Higher level.

Overall entries were down 3 per cent (from 191,951 to 185,914).

Some of the other changes in the Scottish Qualifications Authority statistics between 2017-18 and 2018-19 include:

On the way down

Computing science: down 21 per cent (from 4,099 to 3,228).

French: down 10 per cent (from 3,780 to 3,417 entries).

The social sciences: geography, history and modern studies. Modern studies saw the biggest drop in entries, down 7 per cent (from 9,334 to 8,653).

Design and manufacture: down 20 per cent (from 2,820 to 2,248).

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On the way up

Engineering science: up 9 per cent (from 1,014 to 1,110 entries).

The sciences: (chemistry, biology and physics). Biology saw the biggest rise in entries, up 5 per cent (from 7,305 to 7,685).

Spanish: up 9 per cent after a dip last year (from 2,795 entries to 3,054).

Human biology: up 5 per cent (from 5,937 to 6,259).

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Emma Seith

Emma Seith

Emma Seith is a reporter for TES Scotland

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