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Science: GCSE

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in maintained schools were entered for individual science GCSE examinations in (a) biology, (b) chemistry and (c) physics in each year since 1992. (240805)

Readily available information on the number and proportion of pupils in maintained schools who were entered for physics, chemistry and biology is shown in the following table:

Number of entriesPercentage of entries

Physics

Chemistry

Biology

Physics

Chemistry

Biology

2007

36,586

36,718

38,721

6.1

6.2

6.5

2006

34,299

34,587

36,261

5.7

5.8

6.1

2005

30,954

31,248

32,838

5.2

5.2

5.5

2004

28,302

28,589

29,613

4.7

4.8

5.0

2003

26,226

26,730

27,638

4.5

4.6

4.8

2002

23,752

23,841

24,553

4.1

4.1

4.2

2001

23,094

23,212

23,935

4.0

4.0

4.1

2000

22,399

22,389

23,133

3.9

3.9

4.0

1999

21,607

21,715

22,054

3.7

3.8

3.8

Data for 2005-07 are based on pupils at the end of KS4. Data prior to 2005 are based on 15-year-old pupils at the start of the academic year.