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UK school pupils to get 'Microsoft GCSE'

New ICT qualification developed with Microsoft and IBM to address lack of core programming skills

The 'Microsoft' GCSE will give students more grounding in programming skills than existing certifications.
The 'Microsoft' GCSE will give students more grounding in programming skills than existing certifications.

School pupils in the UK will be able to take a so-called ‘Microsoft GCSE' qualification from September, according to The Register.

Microsoft and IBM have provided consultation for a new ICT GCSE, a secondary level qualification taken by pupils from 14-16 years of age, to ensure that more actual programming skills are included in the course.

The UK government sort out consultation from the two companies after British industry and universities complained about a lack of proper IT skills among students.

The new curriculum, which has been successfully trialled in 200 schools, moves away from teaching just basic digital literacy, with a new practical programming module that tasks pupils with practical projects in gaming, web, mobile or traditional development. The project module will account for 60% of marks, with theory learning making up the other 40%.