18 August 2016
The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) welcomes the continuing strength of entry numbers and results in A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics this year. The results statistics out today show that maths remains the most popular subject at A level, with 92 163 entries in the UK in 2016, which is only a few hundred down on last year. The pass rate this year was 97.1 per cent, with 41.8 per cent of students getting an A or A*.
Equally encouraging is the continued rise in the numbers taking the more challenging Further Mathematics A level: up from
14 993 last year to 15 257. The pass rate for Further Maths this year was 98.1 per cent, up 0.3 per cent on last year, with 56.2 per cent getting one of the top two grades. This success reflects the continued successful implementation of the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP), managed by the NCETM’s consortium partner, Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI).
Congratulations to all students and their teachers!
The NCETM’s Director, Charlie Stripp said, ‘It’s great news that A level Mathematics entries have held up well and A level Further Mathematics entries have continued to increase. Over 92 000 students took A level Maths this summer and maths, once again, has the highest entry of any A level subject; ten years ago the entry was only just over 52 000 and A level Maths had only the fourth highest entry compared to other subjects. For Further Maths the increases are even more dramatic. Ten years ago fewer than 6000 students took A level Further Maths; now the figure is over 15 000. These changes reflect an increased recognition of the importance of maths for success in higher education and employment. However, numbers need to increase still further to help our young people to succeed in their careers and to support the competitiveness of our economy in science, technology, engineering and finance.’