Geography A Level numbers are at their highest for over 17 years, with 2017 figures showing an increase of 4% from last year.
The 2017 A Level results, published today by the Joint Council for Qualifications, show 37,814 students sat geography A Level in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – a 4.0% increase on 2016 and the highest number for over 17 years.
This continued growth has ensured geography will retain its position as the eighth most popular A Level subject.
However, due to the de-coupling of the AS and A Level exams, and in common with most other subjects, the number of students sitting AS Level geography decreased this year to 27,617 (54,866 in 2016).
Commenting on the 2017 A Level results, the Society’s Director, Dr Rita Gardner CBE, said:
“The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is delighted that geography continues to benefit from the growing recognition from both students and employers of the broad skillset it provides and the subject’s engagement with some the most pressing issues in the world today. The hard work of teachers and geography’s position as a facilitating subject have also been crucial to its sustained popularity.”
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