Education: Sixth-form

House of Lords written question – answered on 1st December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students, broken down by subject, continued their education at sixth-form level in (a) 2010, and (b) 2011.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The closest data we have to monitor numbers in sixth-form education are the number of GCE A-level entries. Students can of course enter more than one A-level.

The number of entries for each GCE A-level subject group for 2009-10 and 2010-11 is provided in the table below. This information was provided in the recent publication GCE/Applied GCE A/AS and Equivalent Examination Results in England, 2010-11 (Provisional).

GCE A-level entries in each subject group for 2009-10 (final) and 2010-11 (provisional)1
2010 (final)1 2011 (provisional)1
Biological Sciences 52,728 54,734
Chemistry 40,379 43,256
Physics 27,786 29,216
Other Science 4,283 4,229
Mathematics 69,803 75,492
Further Mathematics 10,813 11,400
Design and Technology 15,244 14,871
Computer Studies 3,683 3,518
ICT 9,359 8,830
Home Economics 358 368
Accounting and Finance 3,808 3,496
Business Studies 30,971 28,764
Economics 20,314 20,826
Geography 29,225 28,192
Government and Politics 12,629 13,303
History 45,146 45,319
Law 14,261 13,129
Psychology 53,080 52,947
Sociology 27,177 27,500
Other Social Studies 4,267 4,134
Art and Design 42,784 42,617
Drama 15,262 14,589
English 84,037 83,072
Media/Film/Television Studies 24,228 24,213
Other Communication Studies 10,022 9,874
French 12,324 11,475
German 5,055 4,550
Spanish 6,564 6,390
Other Modern Languages 5,912 6,802
Classical Studies 5,919 5,754
Religious Studies 17,895 18,536
Music 8,841 8,706
Physical Education 21,304 19,614
General Studies 47,886 42,868
Total 783,347 782,584

1. 2011 provisional data are currently in the process of being checked by schools and colleges. Revised figures will be published in January 2012 accounting for amendments made by schools.

Coverage: Students aged 16-18 at the beginning of the academic year in Schools and FE Sector Colleges in England.

Coverage: GCE A level examinations taken in each academic year.

Source: GCE/Applied GCE A/AS and Equivalent Examination Results in England, 2010-11 (Provisional).

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