GCE A-level

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

(1) how many schools for pupils aged 11 to 18 years old do not offer an A-level physics course;

(2) how many schools for 11 to 18 years olds do not offer an A-level course in a modern language.

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 Department does not hold information on schools that offer particular subjects at A level.

The number and percentage of secondary schools that entered pupils into physics and a modern foreign language in 2006-07 are given in the following table.

Number of secondary schools with sixth forms that entered pupils into subject Percentage of secondary schools with sixth forms that entered pupils into subject
Physics 1,994 85.0
French 1,677 71.5
German 1,207 51.4
Spanish 904 38.5
Other modern language 990 42.2
Any modern language 2,001 85.3
Notes:

1. The figures relate to 16-18 year olds (age at start of academic year, i.e. 31 August 2006) in secondary schools that entered pupils into GCEA levels.

2. Other Modern Languages' include 'Arabic', 'Bengali', 'Chinese', 'Dutch', 'Gujarati', 'Italian', 'Japanese', 'Panjabi', 'Persian', 'Polish', 'Portuguese', 'Russian', 'Turkish' and 'Urdu'

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