Last week saw the release of the 2013 A-Level results. Amongst the reports of a dip in top grades and a shift in the number of pupils towards taking more academic subjects, there is also a quite startling split in subjects by gender.
I have attempted to visualise these trends simply, using data gathered from the Joint Council for Qualifications (http://www.jcq.org.uk/examination-results/a-levels
) and The Guardian Data Blog (http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/aug/15/a-level-results-complete-breakdown
On the first tab, the top visualisation shows the subjects taken by boys and girls, ordered by subject popularity. As you can see, there is huge gender disparity between boys and girls, split by the science and art subjects. The reference lines show last year’s results. It is obvious that a number of subjects are gaining in popularity as others are losing out.
Hovering over any area will show the grade split for that subject.
The lower visualisation shows the split in grades for each subject, again ordered by subject popularity. You can filter on Gender to see differences in split between boys and girls.
The second tab shows the proportion of A-Level passes compared to entries over the last few decades, as well as the percentage that gained top marks in that year. Although there were slow increases in the number of top grades and passes obtained at A-Level prior to GCSEs being introduced (1986), this increase seems to have accelerated ever since, up until the last couple of years, where this trend has halted.
As always, comments are welcome.