TIGA Press Releases
Emphasis on challenging science GCSEs will be good for UK business
Publish Date: Thursday 23rd August 2012
step-change in the way information and communications technology (ICT) is
taught in schools will produce a workforce that can better service the needs of
businesses, according to TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games
Following the first ever fall in the number of GCSEs being awarded top grades this week, TIGA supports the Department of Education’s intention to toughen up the exams and place a greater emphasis on raising standards of achievement – particularly in the sciences, maths and English.
According to TIGA, one of the major changes should be to provide young people with more opportunities to develop new ICT skills for emerging digital markets. For example, schools should not only teach children how to use apps but also focus on how they can create their own. TIGA added that English, mathematics, physics and computer science were also important for a career in the games industry.
Jacqueline Cawston from Coventry University’s Serious Games Institute said:
"We’re seeing a rapidly growing appreciation for the importance of the games industry to education, as well as to the UK economy – as demonstrated by the government’s recent tax break policy for games development. It’s essential for the growth of the sector that our young people learn the skills in science and technology at school that will enable them to write code and develop the games and apps of the future.”
Dr Christos Gatzidis, Senior Lecturer In Creative Technology, Creative Technology Framework Leader, at Bournemouth University, said:
"For the BSc in Games Technology at Bournemouth University the current requirement is a minimum of 4 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades A* to C, including English and Maths. GCSEs in subjects such as maths and physics for example are key in terms of forming an adequate preparation for what is predominantly a programming course (as the Games Technology one at BU is). Good grades in those bodes well for succeeding later on in higher education, not to mention subsequently in a career in games development. Furthermore, it would also be welcome for prospective students in the future to have studied a proper Computer Science GCSE, as this could also, depending on the curriculum it has (it is currently set to a September 2013 teaching start), make a real difference, particularly in combination with the subjects mentioned above."
Thursday's statistics show a decrease in the proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade in the core subjects of English, maths and science. The fall is particularly pronounced in English. In English literature, 76.3% of exams were awarded A*-C, compared with 78.4% last year, and 23.2% earned at least an A, down from 25% in 2011. In English language and combined English literature and language exams, results went down from 65.5% getting A*-C to 64.2%.
In science, which has been made harder, there has been a 2.2 percentage point drop in the proportion of entries awarded an A* to C. 60.7% are achieving these grades.
There has also been a fall in A* to C results in maths, with 58.4% of entries getting at least a C grade, down from 58.8% in 2011.
Changes are being made to GCSEs in England to make them more rigorous from September 2012. Marks will be allocated for spelling and grammar and all exams will be taken at the end of the two-year courses rather than in modules along the way as is currently the case.
Notes to editors:
TIGA is the trade association representing the UK’s games industry. The majority of our members are either independent games developers or in-house publisher owned developers. We also have games publishers, outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership. Since 2010, TIGA has won 12 business awards and has been nominated a finalist for 9 other awards. In 2010 TIGA won two business awards including ‘Trade Association of the Year’ from the Trade Association Forum. In 2011, TIGA won eight business awards including ‘Trade Association of the Year’ from the Trade Association Forum, ‘Outstanding Organisation’ from the Chartered Management Institute and two Global Business Excellence Awards, including ‘Outstanding Marketing Campaign’. Richard Wilson won the ‘Leadership Award’ from the Trade Association Forum and the ‘Outstanding Leader’ award from the Chartered Management Institute. In 2012, Richard Wilson won the IoD’s East of England Director of the Year Award. TIGA is an Investors in People organisation. Also in 2012, TIGA won a Global Business Excellence Award for its ‘Outstanding Public Relations Campaign’ for Games Tax Relief.
TIGA's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business. We focus on three sets of activities: political representation, generating media coverage and developing services that enhance the competitiveness of our members. This means that TIGA members are effectively represented in the corridors of power, their voice is heard in the media and they receive benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities.
For further information, please contact Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO on: 07875 939 643, or email: email@example.com.