Choices: What options do students have for studying science, maths and related subjects, and what do they choose?
Uptake of a subject at GCSE and A level gives a good indication of the quality of teaching of that subject. If students are taught well and engaged in lower years, they are more likely to choose to continue with science and maths at A level. The same is true for university options, employment and vocational routes after school.
In order to give students’ the greatest opportunities for employment and further education, they need to be able to make the best-informed decisions as early as possible. This GCSE choice (C1), A level options (C2 and C3), and ensuring they are equipped with knowledge of further education (C4) and careers (C7). It’s also crucial to provide equal opportunities for all students (C6).
- C1. Are triple science GCSEs (i.e., separate physics, chemistry and biology GCSEs) available for all students? What proportion of students take them?
- C2. (For schools with post-16 provision) Are all three major sciences available for study at A and AS level? Is further maths available at AS and A level as well as maths?
- C3. What proportion of students choose to continue each of the sciences (physics, chemistry and biology) and maths at A level?
- C4. What proportion of students choosing each of physics, chemistry, biology and maths A levels are female?
- C5. What proportion of students choosing A level science and maths qualify for the pupil premium? How does this compare with all pupils?
- C6. (For schools with post-16 provision) What proportion of A level students choose to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects at university?
- C7. Are students able to easily access post-16 vocational courses in the local area for science, engineering, technology and maths? What proportion of students choose to go on to vocational study or an apprenticeship in a scientific or technical field?
- C8. What opportunities do students have to find out about further and higher education (A levels and university courses) or careers that they could follow in STEM?
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Last updated May 2014