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Further Mathematics

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students are studying further mathematics A or AS level via the further mathematics network in (a) West Sussex and (b) England. (135179)

The Department does not hold information on the subjects being studied by students at A level. However, data from examination awarding bodies show that 121 students aged 16-18 were entered for GCE A level further mathematics in West Sussex institutions in 2005/06. The number of entrants in England was 6,516. Equivalent figures for GCE AS level entries in further mathematics in 2005/06 were 60 in West Sussex and 4,078 in England. The data do not show how many of these were via the further mathematics network.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many students were entered for A level further mathematics examinations in each year since 1997; (135180)

(2) how many students were entered for further mathematics A level in each year since 1997.

The figures requested are in the following table.

Table 1: GCE A level entries in further mathematics by candidates aged 16-18 in all schools and colleges

Academic year ending

Number of entries

2006

6,516

2005

5,192

2004

5,111

2003

4,730

2002

4,498

2001

5,063

2000

5,015

1999

5,145

1998

5,211

1997

4,999

1996

4,913