Higher entrants in physics by gender 2010-2017

What does this data show? 

The number of female entrants to Higher physics has dropped in 2017 on previous years. This is the lowest proportion of female entrants since at least 1986. The number and proportion of female entrants to physics hit a 12-year high of 29.1% in 2013, but has since continued to fall. The proportion of female entrants had dropped to 25.9% from 27.2% in 2016. 

The proportion of female entrants for all Higher subjects in 2017 was 55.0%. The average was 55.2% between 2001 and 2017.

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In 2017, the proportion of female entrants to biology was 65.3%, in chemistry it was 51.2% and in maths 47.4%. All three subjects have had consistently higher proportions of female entrants than physics. Biology, like physics has seen an overall fall in the proportion of female entrants from 2001-2017 although females are still in the majority.

In chemistry, the proportion of female entrants rose in 2017 to 51.2%, the highest since 2001. Chemistry and mathematics have both maintained relatively stable year-on-year proportions of female entrants since 2010, with chemistry ranging from 49.0% to 51.2% and maths from 44.6% to 48.0%.

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