<font size="2">For me the answer is no. From 2014 English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and MFL will be mandatory has GCSE subjects. Computer Science will compete with DT, Art, Drama, Business, RE and ICT courses like imedia to name but a few</font> Any option subject if it is to be viable in schools must be a: popular e.g. students actually want to take to course b: It must have high pass rates in order to increase the school A*- C figure. From my past experience Computer Science will fail on both points a and b in most schools. The average child will find CS deadly dry and difficult. The demand will not be high enough to make it viable in most schools. In sort it will not have a market. I base this experience of teaching C.S. at GCSE level in Secondary Modern in Kent in the 1990's The new HT was keen to offer the subject. However the uptake and the pass rates were too low for the course to be viable. The Head of my current school agrees there would be a very limited market for CS in our school which has a very average intake in terms of ability.