We support the teaching of rigorous and relevant computer science across the academic spectrum, from primary school to university, and act as an advocate for the importance of computing as an academic subject and a vocation, support the teaching of computing from primary school to university, and support the thriving digital apprenticeship sector. 

Everyone, from whatever ethnic or social group, has the fundamental right to a computing education that results in them being:

  • Equipped with the computational thinking skills to understand and change the world for the better.
  • Effective at applying digital technologies:
    • to help realise their dreams and ambitions
    • to enhance their talents and creativity
    • to develop and express their thoughts and ideas in compelling, concise ways that others can readily appreciate and adopt
    • and to collaborate purposefully with others online.
  • Able to fully participate as informed and safe digital citizens in every aspect of society.

BCS landscape review: Computing qualifications in the UK

BCS is committed to improving the education of computer science and have therefore produced a landscape review of the current computing qualifications in the UK. This BCS report draws together information about participation and achievement by young people across the four nations of the UK.

Some of the key findings from the report:

  • Participation in computing across secondary education is stable or improving
  • Girls, on average are outnumbered six to one by boys across computing education
  • If young women do choose computing, they generally outperform their male counterparts

Read the review here

Download the PDF version of the report

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Discover BCS membership! You’ll be joining a thriving community of IT professionals and benefits include access to regular events, conferences and meetings. If you're a computing teacher, come along to our regular CAS meetings of like-minded professionals to learn about best practice in the classroom. 

Share your support

BCS regularly polls IT professionals and members on topical issues. Our polling is one way that we listen to our members opinions. This helps form our policies on major areas of public concern such as for instance, the digital divide and its impacts on schools.

"The National Centre for Computing Education offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to firmly establish computer science as a foundational subject discipline that will enable all our young people to be active participants in the complex digital world that surrounds them."

Professor Simon Peyton Jones
Chair of the NCCE and CAS

Get involved

Do you want to know more about our policy work or have views about STEM policy you’d like to share? Would your organisation like to get involved with our STEM research or carry out a joint campaign with BCS? If so, we want to hear from you! To share your opinions and to find out more about partnering with us, get in touch at policyhub@bcs.uk