'Championing the rights of children'

Rising numbers of students turning to maths and science

Garry Sat 16 Aug 2014 07:50

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has congratulated young people receiving their A level results today.

More students are taking A levels in the subjects that help secure the jobs with the highest wages and lowest chances of unemployment, according to results published today by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

Since June 2010 entries in subjects like maths and the sciences have risen across the board:

  • biology is up 10.7%
  • chemistry up 21.5%
  • physics up 18.5%
  • maths up 15.3%
  • further maths up 20.1%

Congratulating all students on their results, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan also welcomed the rising number of women getting top grades in maths and science.

Today’s results show that since 2010 more women are taking exams in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects with A level entries rising in:

  • maths: up by 10%
  • physics: up by 16%
  • chemistry: up by 23%
  • biology: up by 16%

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