Analysis of 2016 Geography GCSE and A Level Results

Time to reflect on the Geography exam results for 2016:


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Main points:

# GCSE geography entries increased by 7% with 15,958 more students choosing to study the subject compared to the previous year.

# Geography remains the 8th most popular subject at GCSE.

# Split by gender, male candidates totalled 129,496 (5.5% increase, 53% of all candidates) and the number of female candidates was 114,537 (8.8% increase, 47% of all candidates).

# The proportion of A* grades dropped from 9.2% in 2015 to 8.3%, which still compares favourably with the national average of 6.5% for all subjects.

# The proportion of A* – C grades dropped from 69.1% in 2015 to 66.3%, with the national average at 66.9% for all subjects.


Main points:

# Geography has the smallest gender gap of all A level subjects, with just a .1% difference in uptake between girls and boys in 2016.

# Geography remains the 8th most popular subject at A level and the number of candidates in 2016 was 10.5% higher than in 2014. It has also become the 7th most popular subject at AS Level.

# Top grades (A*/A) were achieved by 26.2% of candidates, compared to 27.5% in 2015, with girls (31% at A*/A) out-performing boys (26.2% at A*/A).

# The overall pass rate (A*-E) for geography was 99%, which is slightly higher than the national pass rate for all subjects which remains at 98.1%.



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Head of Geography and Assistant Vice Principal at South Molton Community College, North Devon. Exeter Chiefs supporter!
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