Science: GCE A-Level

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 3rd December 2007.

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Photo of Phil Willis Phil Willis Chair, Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students were entered for examination at A2 level in (a) biology, (b) physics, (c) chemistry, (d) engineering and (e) computer science in each year since 1997.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The information requested is as follows.

Number of 16 to 18-year-old pupils entered for selected GCE/VCE A-level subjects from 1996/97 to 2006/07 in England
1996/97 1997/98 1998/99 1999/2000 2000/01
Biological Sciences 47,598 48,897 47,192 46,190 44,592
Chemistry 36,429 37,103 35,831 35,290 33,871
Physics 28,777 29,672 29,552 28,191 28,031
Computer Studies 10,118 12,529 10,435 10,851 10,913
Engineering (VCE)(1)
2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07( 2)
Biological Sciences 45,407 43,902 44,235 45,662 46,624 46,916
Chemistry 32,324 31,065 32,130 33,164 34,534 35,157
Physics 27,860 26,278 24,606 24,094 23,657 23,973
Computer Studies 9,329 8,256 6,853 5,810 5,017 4,654
Engineering (VCE)(1) 407 361 380 339 211 194
(1) Figures for VCE examinations only available from 2001/02 onwards. The figure relating to 2006/07 includes both GCE and VCE applied examinations.

(2) 2006/07 data are provisional. Schools will get the chance to amend their results as part of the data checking process before the revised figures are published in mid January 2008.

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