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Britain’s science and engineering industries should take heart from girls’ GCSE results

Britain’s science and engineering industries should take heart from girls’ GCSE results

Science subjects are more popular than ever with girls, who are more likely to get an A* than their male counterparts, according to the latest GCSE results released yesterday.

23 August 2013

Analysis by WISE shows that although boys are still more likely to take STEM subjects than girls, a higher proportion of girls get the top grades.

  • 882, 251 boys chose Science, Statistics, Physics, Maths, Additional Maths, ICT and Design and Technology compared to 830, 853 girls
  • A higher proportion of girls got an A* grade in Science, Statistics, Physics, Additional Maths, ICT compared to boys taking these subjects
  • More girls took GCSE Physics, Maths, Additional Maths and ICT than in 2012

WISE Director, Helen Wollaston said, "Potentially, this is great news for science, technology and engineering industries because there will be more females in the talent pipeline. The trick is to maintain their interest so that they go on to choose STEM A levels or vocational qualifications."

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