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A Levels and Apprenticeship statistics
How many students are moving onto further education?
In 2019, 737,000 students in England took A levels, similar to 2018, when 746,000 students took them. The majority of students (68%) took 3 A levels, with a select few individuals (0.1%) taking 5 or more A levels.
Take a look at the graph below for the breakdown of the number of A levels taken in 2019, or check out the table for a more detailed breakdown of the last four years.
|A levels taken||2016||2017||2018||2019|
Which A level subject is the most popular?
The most popular subject studied at A level in 2019 was Mathematics, studied by 85,000 students. This was closely followed by Biology with 63,600 students and Psychology with 62,000 students.
The least popular subjects were Performing and Expressive Arts (1,100 students), German (2,900 students) and Classical Subjects (4,900 students).
|Subject||Number of entries|
|Art and design||39,200|
|Design & technology||9,200|
|English lang. & lit.||7,500|
How many students achieved A or A* grades?
In 2019, Further Mathematics was the subject where the most students (53.1%) achieved an A or A* grade. In second place was Mathematics, where 40.5% of students achieved an A or A* grade. And despite being only studied by 2,900 people, 40.4% of students who studied German achieved an A or A* grade.
|Subject||Number of entries||Percentage who achieved A/A* (2019)|
|Art and design||39,200||27.7%|
|Design & technology||9,200||15.9%|
|English lang. & lit.||7,500||12.1%|
|Sector subject||Number of apprenticeships|
|Business, Administration and Law||111,000|
|Health, Public Services and Care||88,000|
|Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies||59,000|
|Retail and Commercial Enterprise||54,000|
|Construction, Planning and Built Environment||23,000|
|Information and Communication Technology||18,000|
|Leisure, Travel and Tourism||9,000|
|Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care||7,000|
|Education and Training||6,000|
|Arts, Media and Publishing||1,000|
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