UK physics, maths, chemistry and biology A-level entrants 2001–18

Entrants Subject 2018

What does this data show?

The proportion of girls taking A-level physics has not changed substantially in recent years and is in line with the value from 2010. However, the number of girls entering A-level physics in the UK in absolute terms was 8384 in 2018, up by 538 girls on 2016 and 25.7% higher than in 2010. The number of boys rose by 21% over the same 2010-2018 period. In England alone, the number of girls rose by 599 (this was offset slightly by a decline in female entries from Wales and Northern Ireland).

In other subjects, the proportion of girls taking biology is higher than boys, with 63.2% of the cohort female in 2018. In chemistry girls also surpassed boys in 2018 as 52.8% of the entrants were female, up from 50.9% in 2016. The only subject to have a smaller proportion of girls than physics in 2017 was computer science, where females made up only 11.8% of the 10,286 entrants.

The average make up of physics entrants as a proportion of total entrants between 2001 and 2018 was 4.2%, compared to 6% in chemistry, 7.4% in biology and 12.2% in maths and further maths combined.

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