UK physics A-level entrants 2010–17

What does this data show?
The number of physics A-Level entrants in 2017 is 36578. In 2017, the number of entrants to physics A-Level has risen by 3.5% after two years of falling numbers. The increase this year is in spite of a fall in the population of 18 year olds, and overall A-level entries, according to the Joint Council of Qualifications. The number of physics A-Level entrants had fallen consistently during the 1990s and into the mid-2000s, owing to a number of factors including changes to science GCSEs which saw a rise in combined science over separate sciences and an expansion of competing A-Level subjects. Entries were 46,950 in 1989 but fell every year bar three until 2006, when entries hit a low point of 27,368.

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