Once shunned by top students, computing degrees are now finding favour, with applicants being attracted by better job prospects and working in technology firms.

Higher demand for courses offered by the National University of Singapore’s School of Computing pushed up the grades of students it accepted last year, putting it on a par with other competitive courses like law, medicine and business.

Last year, 90 per cent of the A- level students accepted into the school’s courses, in areas like computer science and information security, had at least three to four As, up from Bs and Cs in 2013.

Professor Lee Wee Sun, vice-dean of the undergraduate programme at the school, said it has not seen this proportion of high-scoring students in a decade.

NUS also recorded a 28 per cent rise in applications for its 450 to 500 undergraduate places in computing programmes.

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