UK physics A-level entrants by gender and by nation 2001–17

 

What does this data show?

Between 2001 and 2017, the proportion of entrants to A-level physics in the UK who were girls has fluctuated from 20.7% to 23.1%, with an average of 21.8%. Between 2001 and 2010 the average proportion of A-level physics entrants who were girls in the UK was 22.2%. Since 2010, the average proportion has been 21.3%.

In England, the proportion of girls in the A-level physics cohort has varied from 20.6% to 22.8%. There has been a marginal downward trend in the proportion of entrants to A-level physics in England who were girls since 2001.

 Between 2001 and 2010, the average proportion of girls in England was 21.8%. Since 2010, the average proportion has been 21.1%. The average proportion of A-level entrants who were girls between 2001 and 2017 in England was 21.5%.

Northern Ireland has consistently seen a higher proportion of girls entering A-level physics than other UK nations. The proportion of female A-level physics entrants in Northern Ireland has varied widely between 24.9% in 2013 and 31.3% in 2008. However, Northern Ireland has still seen a slight fall in recent years. Between 2001 and 2010, an average proportion of 29.8% of A-level physics entrants were girls. Since 2010 this average proportion has been 27.5%.

Wales has seen a similar trend to England in the proportion of entrants to A-level physics who were girls, but within a slightly wider range; between 17.9% in 2013 and 24.4% in 2001. Again, there has been a slight fall in the proportion of girls in recent years, from an average of 21.6% between 2001 and 2010 and 20.4% since 2010. In 2017 however, the proportion of girls has risen to 21.6%, which is in line with the average seen between 2001 and 2010.

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