A-level Science Facts & Figures 2013

resultsBelow you will find a selection of key facts and figures about the 2013 results for A-levels in science, originally published on our Twitter account.

  • Science subjects accounted for 17.8% of all A-levels taken this year, compared with 17% in 2012 and 15% in 2009.
  • The number of students taking Biology at A-level this year is up 0.2%, from 63,074 students in 2012 to 63,939 in 2013 – with 8% of students being awarded an A*
  • 51,818 A-level students took Chemistry in 2013 up from 49,234 in 2012 – with 8.3% awarded an A* (down from 8.8% last year)
  • There were 35,569 A-level students who took Physics this year (up from 34,509 in 2012), but grades were lower for A* – C than 2012 by an average of 0.5%
  • 9,963 more girls studied biology than boys at A-level however 20,811 more boys studied physics than girls – the biggest gap in all the sciences
  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics all saw rises in the amount of A-level students studying them compared to 2012

Source: Joint Council for Qualifications