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GSCE and A-level: Sports

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of students studied GCSE sports studies in each local authority in each year since 1997; (158543)

(2) how many and what proportion of students studied (a) AS-level and (b) A-level sports studies in each local authority in each year since 1997.

The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost. However national figures for GCSE, and A-Level are readily available.

Figures on the number of 15-year-olds1 to attempt GCSE Physical Education are provided in the following table:

Number of 15-year-olds

Percentage of 15-year-olds

1997

80,914

13.8

1998

83,665

14.5

1999

93,503

16.1

2000

96,769

16.7

2001

105,651

17.5

2002

111,750

18.4

2003

110,744

17.8

2004

121,433

18.9

2005

141,945

22.3

2006

151,185

23.3

1 Aged 15 on 31 August

Source:

School Achievement and Attainment Tables

Numbers and proportions of A-level candidates to attempt a GCE A-level in Sports/Physical Education are provided in the following table.

Number of Sports/Physical Education candidates

Proportion of all A-level candidates

1997

11,696

5.1

1998

13,680

5.8

1999

14,740

6.2

2000

15,853

6.9

2001

16,779

7.0

2002

16,655

6.5

2003

18,763

7.0

2004

19,234

7.3

2005

19,759

7.5

2006

21,533

8.3