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
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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."