So Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced that Computer Science will be included in the EBacc. Now there will be four separate sciences instead of the traditional three. Pupils who sit any three of the four separate sciences and get at least a C in two of them will get the EBacc. This change will have not effect on those doing the traditional three separate sciences, it is just another option. The ‘core plus additional’ option is unchanged.
Alongside Microsoft, Google, IBM, BT and Facebook, the British Computer Society published a report in November 2012 which analysed computer science GCSE and called for it to be included in the EBacc. The Royal Society’s 2012 report by Steve Furber also called for the inclusion of Computer Sciences in the EBacc.