GCSE Science Facts & Figures 2013

resultsBelow are some key facts for science subjects for 2013 GCSE results;

  • Entries to the separate GCSE sciences continued to increase this year (Biology up 5%, Chemistry up 4.4% & Physics up 2.1%)
  • Boys have traditionally dominated entries for separate sciences, but this year’s figures show girls are closing the gap
  • In GCSE Physics, entries by girls increased this year 6.5%, compared with a 1.7% decrease for boys
  • Among the top 10 course increases – 174,428 students took GCSE Biology this year, up 4.97% from 2012 & 166,091 took Chemistry, up 4.38%
  • This year 53.1% of GCSE science entries were awarded A* – C, down from 60.7% last year – the biggest fall in top results across all subjects
  • GCSE Science saw the biggest drop in entries year on year, down 18.3% – largely due to an increase of students taking individual sciences
  • The amount of A*’s awarded in science GCSEs this year is 0.5% lower than last year

Results in separate sciences declined. This can be explained in part by 2013 being the first examination of new specifications that were deliberately more demanding. Other factors contributing to the decline in results for Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Additional Science this year include high performing students switching to the IGCSE; an increase in 15 year olds, who perform less well than the main cohort; and a continuation of the trend that is seeing more students moving away from double science to the separate sciences, but this group being of lower ability than those who have traditionally taken separate sciences.

Source: Joint Council for Qualifications