GCSE results show surge in pupils taking valuable STEM subjects

As GCSE results were published today, new figures show that entries into valuable STEM subjects including maths, science and engineering have jumped by more than 78,000 in a year.

Today’s figures, released by the Joint Council for Qualifications, come a week after the latest A level results showed how the number of students taking the facilitating subjects that are more often required by top universities than others has also risen – by more than 15,000 since 2014.

Compared to 2014, today’s figures showed GCSE entries rise in:

maths – up 24,827 (3.4%)

computer science – up 18,641 (111.1%)

science – up 20,523 (5.5%)

engineering – up 1,882 (37.4%)

Overall entries for girls in STEM subjects were also up by more than 30,000, including more than 14,000 in maths.

However, the gender imbalance remains a problem, with the media today reporting that GCSE-level girls are already picking subjects that lead to less lucrative careers like engineering: