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2018 GCSE results

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.

*Figures for all UK candidates (source:

Download: In-depth analysis of GCSE geography results 2018

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