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Music: General Certificate of Secondary Education

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils sat GCSE examinations in music in each year since 1997; and what proportion received A* to C grades. (256017)

The available information relates to those 15-year-old pupils who attempted GCSE examinations in Music and is shown in the following table.

Percentage of 15-year-old pupils who attempted GCSE examinations in Music and the percentage of these pupils who received A* to C grades, England—1997 to 2008

Percentage of all 15-year-old pupils attempting subject

Percentage of 15-year-old pupils attempting subject that achieved grades A* to C

1997

6.8

67.7

1998

6.6

67.9

1999

7.0

68.9

2000

7.1

69.4

2001

6.9

69.7

2002

7.2

70.3

2003

7.6

68.1

2004

7.9

68.8

2005

8.2

70.2

2006

8.4

72.0

2007

8.3

72.5

2008

8.2

73.5