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A-levels

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2006, Official Report, column 1555W, on A-level mathematics, what assessment he has made of the success of Curriculum 2000 with regard to mathematics. (99442)

Entries for A-level mathematics fell with the introduction of Curriculum 2000 largely due to the uneven weighting and level of difficulty in AS maths compared to other subjects. Revisions to address this issue were made to A-level mathematics from September 2004. Entries for A-level mathematics and further mathematics have increased in each of the last two years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in the Wantage constituency took (a) chemistry, (b) physics and (c) a modern language at A-level in each year since 1997. (98243)

Information on the numbers studying A-levels is not available centrally. The information available relates to those entered for examinations. The number of A-level entries by 16 to 18-year-olds in schools located in the Wantage constituency for each requested subject is given in the following table.

Chemistry

Physics

Modern languages

1997

65

47

39

1998

63

62

47

1999

67

54

46

2000

54

61

50

2001

49

60

46

2002

53

46

31

2003

54

50

27

2004

37

36

36

2005

40

52

32

20061

41

47

39

1 Figures for 2006 are provisional and may be subject to change. Note:There are five schools with post-16 results located in the Wantage constituency.