Additional Science: Mind the science gender gap

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The provision of science study at GCSE level in schools is enough to make one’s brain hurt, and questions on the internet show some students are slightly baffled too when trying to pick out which revision guides they should be following. The options are to take a single ‘science’ GCSE which combines chemistry, biology and... Read more »

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GCSE Leisure and Tourism: getting started in a growth sector

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GCSE Leisure and Tourism is a vocational GCSE introduced in September 2002. As it is relatively new and not quite as widely available as more traditional GCSEs, students – and, particularly, parents or guardians – may not understand what this qualification is all about. Leisure and Tourism GCSE teaches you about travel, entertainment and tourism.... Read more »

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GCSE Mathematics: lifting the lid on exam entries and performance

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GCSE Mathematics is a compulsory subject in all schools, and as a result no less than 760,000 students were receiving their GCSE results in August 2013. Passing this particular exam is so fundamental to finding employment, or entering further or higher education courses later on, that many students will re-sit the exam within each academic... Read more »

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Art & Design: It’s decline and fall

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Despite fears that art subjects would be side-lined as a result of the government’s education reforms, in 2013 GCSE Art and Design figured in the top ten of GCSE subjects taken – although it is in tenth place, taking up 3.36% of all GCSE entries (this compares with the highest percentage of entries, for maths at... Read more »

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