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|
|Design and Technology||15,244||14,871|
|Accounting and Finance||3,808||3,496|
|Government and Politics||12,629||13,303|
|Other Social Studies||4,267||4,134|
|Art and Design||42,784||42,617|
|Other Communication Studies||10,022||9,874|
|Other Modern Languages||5,912||6,802|
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).