School-leavers are choosing computing courses in record numbers, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) in the UK has said that applications to study computing courses are up by 10% on 2022. Nearly 95,000 students applied for computing and AI related courses making it the seventh most popular area of higher education study. Medicine, social sciences, biological and sports sciences, and engineering and technology are still more popular however computing courses have seen an uptick in popularity every year since 2019.
This year the highest increase in applications was for software engineering courses, with a 16% increase on last year. Computer science saw 11% more applications, computer games and animation received a 2% increase in applications and artificial intelligence courses saw a 4% rise.
This increase could be related to the growing awareness and interest in artificial intelligence and the impact technology has on our day to day lives. Many students already understand that skills in information technology are future proof, AI may replace many jobs however it will also create them too.
Rashik Parmar, chief executive of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT said: "Teenagers in the UK know that AI will change the world forever; it shouldn't surprise us to see this soaring demand for computing degrees".
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