GCSE physics – girls on the march

22 August 2013

Following today’s GCSE announcement, the Institute of Physics (IOP) is delighted to highlight an encouraging increase in the proportion of girls receiving results in GCSE physics, as opposed to combined science GCSEs.

48.6% of the UK’s physics GCSE cohort is female this year, rising from 46.6% last year, indicating a thinning gap between boys and girls at this crucial stage in education, with girls achieving a higher proportion of the top grades.

Charles Tracy, Head of Education pre-19 at the Institute of Physics (IOP), said, “We’re delighted to see that the number and proportion of girls taking physics and the other sciences at GCSE has increased.

“We hope this is an early indication that the work that we and others have been doing has had a positive influence on the choices of 14 year old girls by helping them to enjoy and identify with the subject.

“Encouragingly, our data suggest that choosing to take full GCSEs in the individual sciences makes it far more likely that students will go onto study the sciences at A-level.”

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