Physical Education: GCE A-level and GCSE

Department for Education written question – answered on 1st July 2019.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students in London studied physical education to (a) GCSE and (b) A level in each year since 2012.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The table below shows the number of pupils at the end of key stage 4[1] entered into GCSE physical education (PE) in London, and the number of A level entries in PE by 16 to 18-year-olds in London, 2011/12 to 2017/18.

London

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

Pupils entered into GCSE PE

10,251

11,197

11,963

13,081

12,274

12,509

10,516

PE A level 16 to 18-year-olds entries

1,239

1,065

1,039

1,009

919

775

880

The number of pupils that studied PE at key stage 4 is not available, but the number of pupils that entered a GCSE exam in PE has been provided as a proxy. For A levels, the figures provided relate to the number of PE exam entries.

[1] Pupils are identified as being at the end of key stage 4 if they were on roll at the school and in year 11 at the time of the January school census for that year. Age is calculated as at 31 August for that year, and the majority of pupils at the end of key stage 4 were age 15 at the start of the academic year. Some pupils may complete this key stage in an earlier or later year group.

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