Number of entries by age group and subject for GCSEs, level 1 / 2 certificates, AS and A levels in England for the summer 2015 exam series.
Some inaccuracies in these data were discovered after publication. Please read the “Erratum notice” document for further details.
The key findings for this release are:
the overall entry for GCSEs in England has decreased from 2014 to 2015 from 5,085,000 to 4,916,000
the overall entry for students in year 10 and below for GCSE has decreased by 32%, from 504,000 to 344,000
one notable exception is computing where the entry increased by 83%
the year 11 entry in most EBacc GCSE subjects has decreased, ranging from 3% to 14%, whereas there were some significant increases in equivalent subjects for level 1 / 2 certificates (commonly known as IGCSEs), ranging from 78% to 447%, but overall entries for the EBacc subjects has increased
overall entries for AS in England have decreased by 1%, while overall A level entries have increased by 1%
computing and Spanish both saw large increases at AS and A level
subjects with large decreases at both AS and A level are critical thinking, general studies and ICT
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