UK physics A-level entrants by gender and by nation 2001–16
What does this data show?
Between 2001 and 2016, 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 21.2%.
In England, the proportion of girls studying A-level physics has varied 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%. The average proportion of A-level entrants who were girls between 2001 and 2016 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 A-level physics entrants in Northern Ireland who were girls 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%. Between 2001 and 2015 this was 28.8%.
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% since 2010. The average proportion in Wales between 2001 and 2015 was 21%.