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Arts GCSE entries decline in England

25 August 2016

As we had feared there has been a significant decline in the number of Arts GCSE entries in England in 2016. Entries are down 21% since 2010 and down 8% since 2015. This is the largest year on year decline for over a decade.

Between 2010 to 2016 in England there was a decline of 21%[1] in the number of arts GCSE entries (Art and Design, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, Media/Film/TV Studies, Music and Performing/expressive arts) from from 673,739 in 2010 to 533,329 in 2016.

Between 2015 and 2016 there was a decline of 8% in arts GCSE entries from 578,326 to 533,329. The largest year on year decline for over a decade.

England only results

2010

2015

2016

 

% change 2010 to 2016

% change 2015 to 2016

Art and Design subjects

172504

181117

170114

 

-1%

-6%

Dance

15884

11865

10762

 

-32%

-9%

Design and Technology

270401

192183

173532

 

-36%

-10%

Drama

81592

71435

68171

 

-16%

-5%

Media/Film/TV Studies

63808

58496

51209

 

-20%

-12%

Music

46045

43667

41865

 

-9%

-4%

Performing/expressive arts

23505

19563

17676

 

-25%

-10%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

673739

578326

533329

 

-21%

-8%

The number of pupils in year 11 (the year most students take GCSEs) fluctuates each year. In 2010 it was 565,660 in 2015 544,013 and in 2016 it was 530,448[2]. A fall of 6% in pupil numbers since 2010 and 2% between 2015 and 2016.

 

GCSE entries in Arts subjects 2010 to 2016

England only

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Art and Design subjects

172504

167980

163818

167894

177206

181117

170114

Dance

15884

13443

12592

11856

12200

11865

10762

Design and Technology

270401

238483

226656

206044

200133

192183

173532

Drama

81592

75336

71460

70402

71399

71435

68171

Media/Film/TV Studies

63808

62915

57451

55005

59536

58496

51209

Music

46045

43127

41511

41580

42668

43667

41865

Performing/expressive arts

23505

21211

19901

19188

19607

19563

17676

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

673739

622495

593389

571969

582749

578326

533329

 

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[1] Student cohort numbers are from the Department for Education Schools, pupils and their characteristics statistical releases.

[2] GCSE entry numbers are from the Joint Council for qualifications annual results tables.

Dance GCSE numbers are from AQA Results Statistics