GCSE entries have increased this year mostly due to an increase in the take-up of EBacc subjects, according to Ofqual’s report on the provisional number of entries for GCSEs and A/AS Levels for the summer 2020 exam series.
Although exams have been cancelled this summer due to Coronavirus, students will have been entered for GCSE and A/AS Level subjects some time ago. Final entry figures for the summer 2020 exam series may vary in light of the cancellation of exams and the operation of alternative arrangements this year, but even so, the report gives a clear indication of subject trends and popularity.
The largest increases in EBacc GCSE entry numbers are in combined science (up 4% to 820,270), maths (up 2% to 757,235) and English language (up 2% to 746,705). English literature, history and geography show the next largest number of EBacc entries. Spanish has the greatest percentage increase of any EBacc subject with a 5% rise to 105,840 entries. Biology, chemistry, physics and computing show a decrease in entries from the 2019 figures.
Other main trends for the summer 2020 exam series include: