UK physics A-level entrants 2010–16

What does this data show?

The number of physics A-Level entrants in 2016 is 35344. In 2016, the number of entrants to physics A-Level has fallen by 2.6%; the second year in a row in which the number of entrants has fallen. Numbers of physics A-Level entrants had been on a rising trend between 2010 and 2014, reflecting a trend stretching back as far as 2007. The number of entrants grew by an average of 4.5% year on year between 2010 and 2014 and by an average of 3.6% year on year between 2007 and 2014. This increase is in spite of a fall in the population of 16 year olds in the UK since 2007, according to ONS figures. 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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