2019 A-level results in science

PRESS RELEASE

The Association for Science Education (ASE) wishes to congratulate A-level students and their science teachers on the release of the 2019 results.

As the professional association and voice for all those involved in science education, we are particularly pleased to see that A-level entries into STEM subjects continue to rise, up 1.8% on last year and up 26.2% since 2010. Entries to the three science A-levels have increased by 7.4% compare to last year (biology by 8.4%, chemistry by 9.2% and physics by 3.0%).  This year entries in the three science A-levels represented 20.9 per cent of all A-level entries – the first time the sciences have accounted for more than a fifth of all entries.

Shaun Reason, Chief Executive of the ASE, said “It will have been a nervous day for many students and their parents when picking up their results. I would like to congratulate those students on their results following many years of hard work and commitment … but I would especially like to thank their dedicated science teachers who have worked so hard in supporting their cohorts.”

This year, girls represented the majority of entries in biology (62.9 per cent) and chemistry (53.7 per cent), but continued to lag behind boys in physics, accounting for 22.6 per cent of entries. However, number of girls taking science A-levels has overtaken boys for the first time in history with female students making up 50.3 per cent of entries in biology, chemistry and physics at A-level, whereas boys made up 49.7 per cent of entries.

Shaun added, “The interest of young people in science is encouraged and developed by inspiring and knowledgeable teachers and technicians. Raising the professional status of our current teaching force is critical, so that science teaching is seen as a highly regarded and rewarding career.”

Although a high proportion of 18 year olds are preparing to go to university, the ASE recognises that there are many roads that lead to a successful career and that those getting their A-level results today should consider the whole range of options available.

16 August 2019

Notes to Editors:

The Association for Science Education (ASE) is the largest subject association in the UK. It is an active professional learning community that has been supporting all those involved in science education from pre-school to higher education for over 100 years; members include teachers, technicians, researchers, tutors and advisers.  It is a Registered Charity with a Royal Charter, owned by its members, independent of government and therefore a powerful voice for science education. ASE continues to make a positive and influential difference to the teaching and learning of science throughout the UK and further afield. Membership offers lots of unique benefits.