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Arts: Qualifications

Department for Education written question – answered on 4th March 2016.

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Photo of Lord Freyberg Lord Freyberg Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pupils in England at the end of KS4 had at least one full-course GCSE, GCSE double award, Cambridge International Certificate or AS level entry in Applied Art and Design, Art and Design, Drama, media, film or TV, Music, Dance, Performing Arts, or Design and Technology in (1) 2009–10, (2) 2010–11, (3) 2011–12, (4) 2012–13, (5) 2013–14, and (6) 2014–15.

Photo of Lord Freyberg Lord Freyberg Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pupils in England at the end of KS4 had a full-course GCSE, GCSE double award, Cambridge International Certificate or AS level entry in each of the following subjects (1) Applied Art and Design, (2) Art and Design, (3) Drama, (4) media, film, or TV, (5) Music, (6) Dance, (7) Performing Arts, and (8) Design and Technology, in (a) 2009–10, (b) 2010–11, (c) 2011–12, (d) 2012–13, (e) 2013–14, and (f) 2014–15.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The information requested is provided in the following tables:

Pupils with one or more entry for GCSE[1] (including GCSE double awards, level 1/2 certificates, and AS levels) in selected subjects.

Years: 2009/10 to 2014/15 (Revised)[2]

Coverage: England

Year

2009/10

2010/114

2011/12

2012/13

2013/145

2014/155

Pupils at end of key stage 4 in all schools[3]

639,263

627,093

620,617

632,397

618,437

611,081

Pupils with at least one GCSE[2] entry in arts subjects (plus D&T)

433,750

409,914

395,137

393,740

401,066

400,972

Pupils at end of key stage 4 in state funded schools[6]

578,060

566,927

561,308

571,325

558,432

553,469

Pupils with at least one GCSE[2] entry in arts subjects (plus D&T)

402,480

378,483

364,665

363,087

371,381

371,362

Source: Key stage 4 attainment data.

1. Includes GCSE (full course), GCSE double awards, level 1/2 certificates, and AS levels.

2. For the purposes of these figures arts subjects include Applied Art and Design, Art and Design, Drama, Media/Film/TV, Music, Dance, Performing Arts and Design and Technology. Does not include History of Art and Creative Writing. Dance entries are included in the number of entries to Physical Education in the Statistical First Release (See Subject Time Series Tables). There were 11,981 entries to GCSE Dance in 2015.

2. 2014/15 figures are revised, all other years are final.

3. Includes pupils in state-funded schools, independent schools, independent special schools, non-maintained special schools, hospital schools and alternative provision including academy and free school alternative provision and pupil referral units.

4. From 2010/11, Discounting has been applied where pupils have taken the same subject more than once and only one entry is counted in these circumstances.

5. In 2013/14, an early entry policy, where only the first attempt at a qualification is counted in performance measures, was introduced for English Baccalaureate subjects. In 2014/15, the early entry policy was extended to all subjects.

6. State-funded schools include academies, free schools, city technology colleges, and state-funded special schools. Since September 2013, general further education colleges and sixth-form colleges have been able to enrol 14- to 16-year-olds. 2014/15 is the first year in which colleges have pupils at the end of key stage 4; this year, entries and achievements for these pupils are included in figures as state-funded schools. State-funded schools exclude independent schools, independent special schools, non-maintained special schools, hospital schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision. Alternative provision includes academy and free school alternative provision.

Time series of entries in GCSE[1] (including GCSE double awards, level 1/2 certificates, and AS levels) in selected subjects.

Years: 2009/10 to 2014/15 (Revised)[2]

Coverage: England[4]

Subject

Year

2009/10[3][4]

2010/11[4]

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14[5]

2014/15[5]

Applied Art and Design

0

1,476

1,171

1,051

855

823

Art & Design

169,743

162,832

159,481

164,932

171,431

176,363

Drama

80,989

74,896

70,523

69,863

71,245

71,113

Media/Film/TV

58,882

55,856

52,639

51,213

52,485

52,152

Music

45,799

43,566

41,217

41,690

42,832

44,093

Dance[1]

15,374

13,249

12,034

11,614

11,958

12,014

Performing Arts

1,854

3,770

3,361

3,931

4,917

6,038

Design and Technology

267,628

239,002

223,920

205,888

201,359

194,722

Total number of entries in selected ubjects

640,269

594,647

564,346

550,182

557,082

557,318

Source: key stage 4 attainment data (Revised)

1. Includes GCSE (full course), GCSE double awards, level 1/2 certificates, and AS levels.

2. 2014/15 figures are revised, all other years are final.

3. Includes pupils in state-funded schools, independent schools, independent special schools, non-maintained special schools, hospital schools and alternative provision including academy and free school alternative provision and pupil referral units. Since September 2013, general further education colleges and sixth-form colleges have been able to enrol 14- to 16-year-olds. 2014/15 is the first year in which colleges have pupils at the end of key stage 4; this year, entries and achievements for these pupils are included in figures as state-funded schools.

4. Prior to 2010/11, no discounting was applied and all entries and achievements were included. From 2010/11, Discounting has been applied where pupils have taken the same subject more than once and only one entry is counted in these circumstances.

5. In 2013/14, an early entry policy, where only the first attempt at a qualification is counted in performance measures, was introduced for English Baccalaureate subjects. In 2014/15, the early entry policy was extended to all subjects.

Time Series of GCSE entries (PDF Document, 13.88 KB)

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