Geography now sixth most popular subject at GCSE
Candidate numbers for GCSE geography increased by 4.3%* (10,456) to place the subject as the sixth most popular (up from 8th in 2017) with 256,420 candidates.
This was despite a decrease of 2.7% in the 16-year-old population and only a 0.2% increase in overall GCSE entries for 2018.
The reformed subject was one of only seven (with over 100,000 entries) to grow, with 53.5% male and 46.5% female candidates.
The proportion of C/4 grades awarded rose 0.4% to 65.2%, a little below the average of 66.9%. The proportion achieving A/7 grades rose 0.6% to 24.2%, ahead of the average of 20.5% across all subjects.