UK physics A-level entrants by nation 2001–16
What does this data show?
Across each of the UK nations which enter students into A-levels each year there has been an increase in the proportion of entrants to A-level physics since 2007. This followed a sustained fall in the proportion of physics entrants in each country from the start of the last decade, falling to a low of 3.4% in England and 4.0% in Northern Ireland in 2006 and of 3.5% in Wales in 2008 of the cohort. In 2016, 4.4% of A-level entrants in Northern Ireland were to physics, with 4.3% in Wales and 4.2% in England. Physics entrants have fallen very slightly as a proportion of all subjects in each nation between 2015 and 2016, after a slightly greater fall between 2014 and 2015.
Northern Ireland has consistently had the greatest proportion of entrants to A-level physics of all the UK nations which enter students into A-levels each year. Wales and England have had similar proportions of entrants each year. Overall however, whilst the proportion of entrants to A-level physics in England and Wales has returned to the level it was at the start of the last decade, in Northern Ireland in 2016 it is still below what it was in 2001, and hasn’t risen above 5% since 2003.