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The IOP collates statistics on physics education and research, covering areas ranging from school and university education to the employment of physicists. View the headline data below, as well as links to more detailed reports.

Analysis of UK physics A-level entries

What is this data?
This data in the links below provides an overview of physics A-level entrants analysed against various parameters, including by gender, nation and against comparable A-level subjects.  Entrants are defined as the number of students completing an A-level in physics in a given year in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The data includes all students taking physics A-level in each academic year, including all 16- to 19-year-olds and adult learners. Data is available in whole or in part from 1985 onwards in some cases, and from 2001 in others.

Where is this data from?
This data is published annually by the Joint Council for Qualifications.

UK physics A-level entries 2010–15
UK Physics A-level entries by gender 2010–15
UK Physics A-level entries by nation 2001–15

UK Physics A-level entries by gender and by nation 2001–15

UK Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology A-level entries 2001–15

View previous reports


Statistical Report: Research Income of Physics Cost Centres in UK Higher Education Institutions

Data on the research income of UK Higher Education Institutions’ physics cost centres