UK physics, maths, chemistry and biology A-level entrants 2001–17

What does this data show?

The proportion of girls taking A-level physics has not changed significantly in recent years and is in line with the value from 2010. However, the number of girls entering A-level physics in absolute terms was 7846 in 2017, up by 2.6% on 2016 and 17.7%  higher than in 2010, although the number of boys rose by 18.2% over the  same 2010-2017 period.

In other subjects, the proportion of girls taking biology is higher than boys, with 61.7% of the cohort female in 2017. In chemistry girls also surpassed boys in 2017 as 50.9% of the entrants were female, up from 49.9% in 2016. The only subject to have a smaller proportion of girls than physics in 2017 was computer science, where females made up only 9.8% of the 8299 entrants.

The average proportion of physics entrants between 2001 and 2017 was 3.9%, compared to 5.5% in chemistry, 7.1% in biology and 10% in maths and further maths combined.

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