2022 Excel resource

In recent years, we have published a suite of data tables accompanying chapters in the State of Engineering report related to STEM education. From 2022, the excel resource for each chapter will be updated individually as the data becomes available and published alongside a summary of the key findings.

Secondary education and engineering (chapter 2)

This report looks at the secondary education landscape, including trends in entries and achievements for GCSEs/National 5s and A levels/Highers across the UK.

 

Excel resource

This excel resource contains the data tables for secondary education in the UK, covering:

  • State funded secondary school population over time
  • England, Wales and Northern Ireland - STEM GCSE qualifications
  • England, Wales and Northern Ireland - STEM A level qualifications
  • Scotland - STEM National 5 qualifications 
  • Scotland - STEM Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications 
  • STEM teachers

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Summary of key findings

This report, which accompanies the updated Excel resource, looks at the secondary education landscape, including trends in entries and achievements for GCSEs/National 5s and A levels/Highers across the UK.

Secondary education is an important part of the pipeline into engineering careers. Performance in STEM qualifications at this level is one of the main ways to predict whether young people will continue into the relevant higher education. This can then help to predict whether there will be enough people ready to work in the engineering sector in the future.

However, there are challenges for the engineering sector even at this early stage of the educational pathway.  There is a critical shortage in STEM teachers, and a lack of presence of engineering on the curriculum. We have also seen a decline in entries for some of the STEM subjects that would facilitate a future career in engineering, and an underrepresentation of girls in the key STEM subjects that would allow the engineering workforce to become more gender diverse.

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