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It’s A Level results day! First and foremost, a big congratulations to all those young people that have received their results today!

Here are three takeaways from todays’ results:

One

Pupils achieving A* to B in STEM subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Design and Technology) has dropped slightly this year. Whilst the drop in grades is not a cause for concern, the drop reflects the more challenging content covered in STEM A Level subjects.

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Two

The overall take up of STEM subjects amongst all pupils is up – Education Secretary Nick Gibb was quick to point this out this morning! We are pleased to see that the take up of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths has increased amongst girls, both in terms of the numbers and proportionally. This is fantastic news because pursuing a STEM subject can lead to a successful career in manufacturing.

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Three

Girls outperformed boys in Maths and Physics. Despite the national headline figures showing more achieved A* and A’s than girls, girls actually performed better in both Maths and Physics. Just over half of all girls (52%) who studied Physics achieved at least a B, compared to 50% of boys. In Maths, 65% of girls got at least a B compared to 64% of boys. This shows that girls can pursue careers in STEM subjects which for too long have been thought of as a ‘boys’ subject.

What next?

Knowing what to do after A Levels can be daunting, especially given the array of options available. If you have chosen to go to university, studying a STEM subject can be very fruitful. On average, Mathematical Science graduates have the fourth highest median earnings since graduating in 2008/09. This is closely followed by those that study other STEM subjects, such as Computer Science and Engineering and Technology.
Furthermore, two of the top five highest earning professions for females since graduating in 2008/09 are in STEM-based subjects, Mathematical Science and Engineering and Technology. Five years since graduating, female graduates have a median earning of £33,897 and £38,606 respectively. Only those that studied Medicine and Dentistry, Veterinary Science or Economics earned more.

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But…

If you’re unsure about your next step, then why not consider a career in manufacturing, either through a degree or higher level apprenticeship, or a STEM degree.
Choosing to pursue a degree or higher level apprenticeship is just as fruitful as a degree. The biggest advantage of an apprenticeship is that you can earn while you learn. Apprenticeships combine on the job training and experience with high quality learning. This means you won’t leave university with any student debt!

Find out more on EEF's Apprenticeship page.

Why not take our quiz to find out which apprenticeship vacancy you could apply to?

Whether you choose to pursue an apprenticeship or go to university, a career in manufacturing will mean you’re working in an exciting, changing industry. To find out more visit our website or visit our open morning at the Aston Technology Training Centre.


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Education and Skills Policy Advisor

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