With the new GCSE results out, Ofqual has published the 10 most popular subjects this year.
1. Combined science – 744,185
This replaces science and additional science, with over 700,000 students taking the subject.
2. Mathematics – 715,775
Maths showed a slight drop of number of entrants from last year although as a core EBacc subject, enrolments are high.
3. English language – 706,255
Numbers are slightly up for entries in the language exam.
4. English literature – 537,990
Meanwhile, entries have dropped by over 10,000 for the literature exam.
5. Religious studies – 260,300
Still the highest-ranking non-EBacc subject on the list, religious studies has nevertheless seen a drop of over 30,000 entries between 2017 and 2018, as a higher proportion of students opt for EBacc subjects.
6. History – 248,925
Entries for the EBacc subject of history have gone up by around 7,000, perhaps catching some of those who would otherwise have gone for religious studies.
7. Geography – 244,925
Similarly, geography has seen an increase of more than 10,000 from 2017.
8. Art and design subjects – 168,765
Another non-EBacc subject, art and design remains steadily popular for GCSE entries.
9. Biology – 167,075
Despite trailing behind many humanities subjects, entries for biology have gone up by over 30,000 from 2017. It is worth noting that with the removal of further additional science, the only way in which candidates could receive three science GCSEs in 2018 was through taking separate sciences.
10. Chemistry – 160,110
Similarly, chemistry has seen huge increases of around 28,000 to bring it into the Top 10.