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School Examinations (Passes)

Volume 939: debated on Friday 18 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will list for each of the last three years the number

SCHOOL LEAVERS BY NUMBER OF GCE O* LEVELS AS PERCENTAGE OF ALL LEAVERS (ENGLAND ONLY)
Number of O levels Grade C or better or CSEs Grade I197419751976
Number of leaversAs a percentage of all leaversNumber of leaversAs a percentage of all leaversNumber of leaversAs a percentage of all leavers
1–2107,11017114,96618119,46918
3–456,980958,382960,6409
5 or more148,34023147,53323152,64923
All leavers641,800100651,708100666,588100
* Includes CSE grade I.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will list for 1976 the number of entrants for GCE O-level in England in the 12 most popular subjects and the number and percentages who obtained grades A and B and C passes in each of these subjects.

The number of GCE O level entrants from England

GCE "O" LEVEL 1976—ENGLAND AND WALES
Entries and Grades A—C awarded in the 12 Most Popular Subjects
Grade AAwarded Grade BGrade C
SubjectEntriesNumberPercentage of entriesNumberPercentage of entriesNumberPercentage of entries
1. English Language452,17942,395996,11321130,74429
2. Mathematics270,29728,6291156,9742171,87327
3. English Literature248,48523,345952,2412170,65528
4. Biology209,55921,5161044,3092152,36825
5. Geography188,76517,058937,4262048,31826
6. French152,45917,0681135,0082338,81625
7. History149,24217,9521232,7372234,40223
8. Physics137,92914,5771130,5362236,28226
9. Art112,4229,576926,2422337,29833
10. Chemistry112,22112,4441126,0652329,84527
11. Economics64,0645,039812,9382014,81923
12. Religious Knowledge63,7176,7711113,4942116,67726

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will list for each of the last three years the number of entrants in England for A level GCE in the 12 most popular subjects and the number and percentage who obtained passes in each subject.

of school leavers in England with one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine and ten O-level GCE passes at Grade C or better, or CSE equivalent; and if she will express these figures as a percentage of total school leavers.

This information is not available in precisely the form requested. However, the following table shows for 1974 to 1976 the available information on the number of school leavers in England with GCE O levels grade C or better or CSE grade I:and Wales in 1976 in the 12 most popular subjects and those gaining grades A, B and C are given below. These statistics are derived from summaries supplied by the GCE examination boards, which do not identify the area of residence of the candidate. These statistics include candidates from further education establishments and those privately entered as well as from schools.

Entries and passes in the summer 1976 GCE A level examinations for England and Wales for the 12 most popular subjects are given below. These statistics are derived from examination board returns which do not identify the area of residence of the candidate.The statistics cover further education establishments and privately entered candidates as well as schools.

GCE A LEVEL EXAMINATIONS SUMMER 1976—ENGLAND AND WALES ENTRIES AND PASSES IN THE 12 MOST POPULAR SUBJECTS
Number of entriesNumber of passesAs percentage of entries
English65,98546,44670·39
Physics41,80329,16369·76
Pure and Applied* Mathematics38,88626,49668·14
History37,89126,87070·91
Geography37,00425,52868·99
Economics35,45123,46266·18
Chemistry34,55824,50870·92
Biology32,06621,79167·96
General Studies30,11322,33374·16
Art24,82917,15469·09
French24,11117,25271·55
Pure Mathematics*18,8539,82052·09
* 4,116 persons taking pure mathematics and applied mathematics (single subjects) were each awarded a single "compensatory" pass. The entries are included under those for pure mathematics, but the passes are in addition to those shown for pure and applied mathematics (single subject).