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CaSE responds to the 2016 A level Results

18 Aug 2016

CaSE responds to the 2016 A level Results

​Responding to the A-level results out today, ​ Deputy Director, Naomi Weir says,

“Congratulations to those receiving their AS and A level results today.

It is great to see so many young people studying and succeeding in STEM.  As ever, we believe it is vitally important to continue to monitor the levels of participation and success in STEM subjects​.

With the policy changes to A-levels filtering through in the next year, as well as Highers in Scotland, shifts in apprenticeship funding and the potential for international talent shifts in light of our changing relationship with the EU, the Government will need to be keeping a close eye on the skills big picture to ensure the UK skills base is in good health​ in years to come​.”


1. This year 40% of total A level entries were in STEM subjects (up slightly from 39% in 2015). For girls, 35% of entries were in STEM subjects compared with 45% of entries for boys.

2. Chemistry has reached a 50:50 gender balance in 2016.

3. Only 10% of Computing entries were for girls but of those girls 5.3% achieved an A* compared to 2.4% of boys.