SQA physics exam results 2017

8 August 2017

The number of students taking Highers in physics has fallen for the third year in a row, figures released today by the Scottish Qualifications Authority have shown.

SQA physics exam results 2017


Entries have dropped from 9,131 in 2016 to 8,955 this year, falling below 9000 for the first time since 2008. Entries for Advanced Higher and National 5 physics have also fallen.

Alison McLure, the Institute of Physics (IOP)’s National Officer in Scotland, said: “It is disappointing that fewer students are choosing to study physics. Not only is phyiscs a fascinating subject, qualifications in physics open doors to the best universities and give students a real edge in competition for highly-sought after careers.

“The IOP will continue our work to encourage and support the development of a world-class physics education that is available to all, by supporting teachers, providing careers’ advice and addressing the under representation of girls in physics."

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