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: http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/gcse-level-girls-already-picking-6283845