Computer Science > ICT

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It was announced last week that the UK government will be replacing the current Information and Communications Technology curriculum with that of a Computer Science focused course.

In a move that has been strongly welcomed by the development community, it will mean a dramatic about turn from this time last year when the government were thenconsidering making ICT a non-compulsory part of the curriculum.

As someone who studied ICT throughout my school life, taking qualifications at GCSE level (age 14-16), then IT at AS and A-Level (age 16-18) I think that this is a great move. The current system revolves heavily around theory rather than practice, and is often criticised for the extent that the Microsoft Office suite is taught, with a key observation being that it seems to teach students how to be end-users rather than creators. In a world that revolves so heavily around digital, this is a real shame on several levels.