As students across the country receive their A level results, the NCETM welcomes another year of successful results in A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics and celebrates the continued rise in popularity of the subject. A level Maths is again the most popular subject, with 2,383 more students taking the qualification. This represents an increase of 2.5% on 2017, giving 97,627 entries in 2018.
Equally encouraging is the continued rise in girls studying maths. Whilst there are still more male than female students taking maths, the gap is closing. Entries for girls rose by 3.1% this year, compared with 2.1% for male students.
The NCETM’s Director, Charlie Stripp, said:
"Congratulations to all those students who achieved AS and A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics qualifications this summer, and to those who achieved Core Maths qualifications. Congratulations also to their teachers.
"The support for growth in participation in level 3 mathematics is excellent news. It reflects an increasing awareness of the value, supported by research evidence, of Core Maths and the mathematics A levels as a passport to success in higher education and employment across a wide range of subjects."
Charlie Stripp is also Chief Executive of MEI, and more statements about today's A level results can be found on the MEI website.
Students have also received their results for Core Maths today. Again, an increase in entries has been seen, with 6,849 students taking the qualification, up from 5,376 in 2017. The number of students achieving A grades has also increased from 12.2% to 15.2%.
Stella Dudzic, who leads MEI’s Curriculum and Resources strand, commented:
"It is very encouraging to see the continuing growth in entries and passes for Core Maths qualifications. Students who have studied for Core Maths qualifications have gained valuable skills for understanding the quantitative aspects of their future studies, work and lives. Our congratulations to students and their teachers.
“We hope that the support for schools and colleges from the Advanced Maths Support Programme, together with the additional funding available through the Advanced Maths Premium, will enable Core Maths to become fully established as a key post-16 qualification for students not taking AS/A level Mathematics."
Congratulations from the NCETM to all those students who achieved A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics this summer, and to their teachers.