A level results show more doing maths and sciences than ever before

Published on Thursday, 15 August 2013 12:09
Written by Vicki Mitchem

Elizabeth Truss comments on the rise in the number of students taking A levels in subjects like maths and the sciences.

A level results published today by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) show there has been a big rise in the number and proportion of young people taking A levels in maths, physics, chemistry and biology – subjects that are highly valued by employers and universities.

There are more students doing maths, further maths, physics, chemistry and biology at A level than ever before – both in terms of number of entries and as a percentage of the cohort.

Education Minister Elizabeth Truss said:

It is extremely encouraging that there has been such a significant rise in the number of students taking A levels in subjects like maths and the sciences.

These subjects are not just fascinating and worth studying for their own sake – they are also the ones which open up modern, high-tech careers and are most in demand by employers and universities. This is good for the economy and will help the UK compete.

Source: DfE

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