Over 18,000 entries for autumn GCSEs, but that's not including English and maths

There have been 18,450 entries for GCSE exams being held this autumn for those who weren’t happy with their grades issued this summer.

But that number is likely to rise when entries in English and maths – which are routinely offered in the autumn and have a later entry deadline – are added to the data.

Following the U-turn on exams in August, which saw pupils issued their centre-assessment grades, pupils were given the option of sticking to those grades or sitting further exams in the autumn.

Today’s data release shows that almost 70 per cent of entries are from current year 12s, who would have been in their GCSE year last year.

A further 19 per cent of the entries are from current year 11s, while around 8 per cent are from current year 13s and about 4 per cent are from other year groups.

The most popular subject in the data published so far is double science (3,950 entries), followed by English literature (2,805) and other modern languages (2,105).

Of the over 800 entries from pupils in years 10 and below, the majority (665) are in language subjects.

Of the entries, 61 per cent were from pupils in non-selective state secondary schools, while 5 per cent are from private school pupils and 3 per cent are from selective schools and another 3 per cent from sixth form and FE colleges.

Remaining entries are from “other” institutions, which include language schools, special schools, pupil referral units, young offenders institutes prisons and training centres. This category also includes private candidates.

Earlier this month it was revealed that there had been more than 20,000 entries to autumn A-level exams.