2016 GCSE results

GCSE geography experiences considerable uptake

GCSE geography entries increased by 7% with 15,958 more students choosing to study the subject compared to the previous year.

Despite an overall decline in the number of GCSE candidates and the majority of subjects experiencing a shortfall compared to the previous year, the number of geography candidates increased from 228,075 in 2015 to 244,033 in 2016.

This is the second largest full-course subject increase for GCSE subjects with over 100,000 entries from 2015-16.

Geography remains the 8th most popular subject at GCSE.

Split by gender, male candidates totalled 129,496 (5.5% increase, 53% of all candidates) and the number of female candidates was 114,537 (8.8% increase, 47% of all candidates).

The proportion of A* grades dropped from 9.2% in 2015 to 8.3%, which still compares favourably with the national average of 6.5% for all subjects.

The proportion of A* - C grades dropped from 69.1% in 2015 to 66.3%, with the national average at 66.9% for all subjects.

JCQ GCSE 2016 results data referenced on this page

Table extracted from jcq.org.uk

Download: In depth analysis of GCSE geography results


Go to the GCSE and A level results for geography page to view results and analyses from previous years.

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John McGrath

John McGrath GA Member

Thanks for the current data. Are there any statistics available relating to the ability of students entered for geography by schools ? I'm interested in the national picture as to whether geography is an option subject open to all or if schools limit this choice in some way.

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