Elizabeth Truss comments on the rise in the number of students taking A levels in subjects like maths and the sciences.
A level results published today by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) show there has been a big rise in the number and proportion of young people taking A levels in maths, physics, chemistry and biology – subjects that are highly valued by employers and universities.
There are more students doing maths, further maths, physics, chemistry and biology at A level than ever before – both in terms of number of entries and as a percentage of the cohort.
Education Minister Elizabeth Truss said:
It is extremely encouraging that there has been such a significant rise in the number of students taking A levels in subjects like maths and the sciences.
These subjects are not just fascinating and worth studying for their own sake – they are also the ones which open up modern, high-tech careers and are most in demand by employers and universities. This is good for the economy and will help the UK compete.
|A level entries as a percentage of cohort (England)||2001||2010||2011||2012||2013||% change 2010-2013|
|Media / Film / TV studies||2.5||4.6||4.7||4.5||4.1||-10.9|
|Drama / Performing / Expressive arts||2.3||2.8||2.7||2.5||2.3||-17.9|
Source: JCQ figures for all entries and ONS population estimates for those with academic age 17 in each year
JCQ’s figures for UK entries show that from 2012 to 2013:
maths entries up 2.7% (from 85,714 in 2012 to 88,060 in 2013)
further maths entries up 4.5% (from 13,223 to 13,821)
biology entries up 1.4% (from 63,074 to 63,939)
chemistry entries up 5.2% (from 49,234 to 51,818)
physics entries up 3.1% (from 34,509 to 35,569)
general studies entries down 11.2% (from 35,558 to 31,562)
media / film / TV studies entries down 9.3% (from 32,111 to 29,112)
drama / performing / expressive arts down 9.0% (from 18,291 to 16,646)
law down 4.8% (from 13,154 to 12,523)
business studies entries down 3.1% (from 28,567 to 27,673)
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