GCSE Results - Encouraging take up of the sciences
24 August 2010
Summer GCSE results were issued today for the UK. The entries achieving A* - G grades rose again to 98.7% in both Wales and in the UK as a whole.
The number of overall entries was down slightly, in line with a fall in the age group population. However in both the UK as a whole and in Wales, there was an increased number of entries for the separate sciences.
"Significant commitment and hard work"
WJEC's Director of Examinations and Assessment, Derec Stockley, congratulated students in Wales, England and Northern Ireland.
"The results are very encouraging" he said. "The growth in candidates' interest in the separate sciences, and an increased take-up for the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification in Wales, help to demonstrate significant commitment and hard work by students and teachers alike."
WJEC's GCSE entries in Wales, England and Northern Ireland this year were 605,000, a 3.5% increase on the last year's total.
The largest subject entries via WJEC were for English, English Literature, Religious Studies and Mathematics. Media Studies, History, Catering, Science, Geography and French all attracted over 12,000 entries.
WJEC's total GCSE entries in Wales were 275,895 this year, representing 82% of the GCSEs offered by all the awarding bodies in Wales. The largest entries for WJEC in Wales were for English, English Literature, Mathematics, Religious Studies, Science, History and Welsh Second Language.
Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification – Intermediate and Foundation Diplomas
The number of candidates who achieved the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification Intermediate and Foundation level Diplomas, umbrella qualifications incorporating GCSEs or their equivalents, increased by over 70% in both cases compared with last year.
- UK wide results are available in the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) Media Release available at www.jcq.org.uk.
- Statistics about WJEC examination results in England and Wales are on our research and statistics pages.
- Further details regarding the 2010 GCSE Results in Wales are available in the WJEC Media Release.
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