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A-level Science Facts & Figures 2015

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Biology saw a 1.24% decrease in the amount of students studying the subject, however remained as the third most popular A-level subject in 2015. Chemistry also saw a drop in students (down 1.62%) and fell from the 5th most popular subject in 2014 to 6th this year. Physics fell one to 9th most popular subject.

History and Geography both rose within the top 10 most entered subject, accounting for the fall in position for Chemistry and Physics.

ICT saw the 5th biggest drop in the number of candidates taking the exam, down 3.75% compared to 2014.

For another year, girls outperformed boys in Biology and Physics, however boys performed better than girls in Chemistry – receiving more A* – C grades than their counterparts.

Except for boys in Chemistry, every subject saw a fall in the amount of A* grades awarded this year compared to 2014.

Biology

  • A* – C grades: Girls: 72.8%, Boys: 70.5%
  • More girls received an A* grade (9.5%) than boys (8.5%)
  • There was a drop in the number of A*’s awarded this year, especially for boys, compared to last: boys (-0.7%) and girls (-0.1%)

Chemistry

  • A* – C grades: Girls: 78.3%, Boys: 78%
  • More boys received an A* grade (10.6%) than girls (8.1%) – the only subject out of the three to see boys receive more.
  • More A*’s were awarded for both boys (+0.8%), but there was a fall for girls (-0.2%)

Physics

  • A* – C grades: Girls: 74.9%, Boys: 70.6%
  • More girls received an A* grade (10.6%) than boys (9.5%)
  • There was a drop in the number of A*’s awarded this year compared to last: boys (-0.2%) and girls (-0.6%)

Source: Joint Council for Qualifications