AS entries fall by 60 per cent

AS-level entries continued to plummet this year, continuing a trend triggered by reforms which mean AS-levels no longer count towards pupils final grades.

AS entries fell by 60 per cent compared to 2017, having fallen by 42 per cent between 2016 and 2017 –  the first year where new reformed subjects no longer counted.

A-level entries also decreased in 2018 by three per cent compared to last year, from 785,450 in 2017 to 759,670 in 2018.

Most subjects saw a drop, but the largest percentage decreases were in small entry subjects and those available for the last time this year, including engineering, science, leisure and general studies.

In contrast, entries for A-level computing saw a dramatic jump this year from 7,710 to 9,685.

The sciences, economics and maths also saw numbers rise.

*Table from Ofqual