Biology remains the second most popular subject at A level
- 16 August 2018
This year more than 63,800 students received an A level biology, accounting for 7.9% of the total A levels awarded and making biology the second most popular A level subject for the second year running.
The number of students taking the subject has also increased from last year, when 61,908 students were awarded an A level in biology.
The Department for Education released figures today highlights that entry numbers for A levels in STEM subjects continue to rise, with 36.2% of all A level entries being in STEM subjects, compared with 34.5% last year and up 24% since 2010.
Chemistry, physics, mathematics and computing have all seen an increase in the number of students taking these subjects.
Lauren McLeod, head of education policy at the Royal Society of Biology commented: “On behalf of the RSB, I want to wish the warmest of congratulations to everyone getting their results today.
“Biology remaining such a popular subject shows how highly regarded the subject is by employers and higher education institutes alike, and indeed how enjoyable it is to study.
“It’s encouraging to see so many young scientists recognise how the subject will equip them with the necessary skills to continue on to university or embark on a career after leaving school.
“We warmly welcome all those who have now secured a place at university to study biosciences, plan to embark on an apprenticeship or continue in further education, and hope they will join the Royal Society of Biology so we can help support them throughout their education and beyond.”
This is the second year in which students receive a practical endorsement separate to their A level grade. Pupils complete 12 practical activities throughout the two year A level, and are assessed against common practical assessment criteria. Pass rates have not changed significantly since last year, 98.7% of biology students received the endorsement this year, compared to 98.5% in 2017.
If you received your results today and are continuing your studies in biology, join the RSB as a student affiliate member for just £15.