Today's top storyGCSE art and design results and percentages 2015
This year a total of 194,637 candidates sat GCSE art and design subjects. Of these candidates 65,783 were male and 128,854 were female.
As a percentage of total candidates taking GCSEs art and design remains exactly the same as in 2014 at 3.7 percent. The overall raw numbers of art and design candidates have changed from 3,239 candidates this year from 191,398 in 2014 to 194,637 in 2015. Despite numbers suggesting an increase in numbers, the percentage total of candidates taking art and design indicates a flatlining of art and design candidates.
The total cumulative percentage of male and female candidates achieving a grade A* is 8.9 percent. This is identical to 2014 and thus we continue with the lowest cumulative percentage of A* candidates for six years.
The total cumulative percentage of male and female candidates achieving a grade A is 22.9 percent. Almost identical to 2014 at 22.8 percent we continue with the lowest cumulative percentage in eight years.
The total cumulative percentage of male and female candidates achieving a grade C remains the same at 76.4 percent. In 2009 the total cumulative percentage peaked at 77.4 percent.
The total number of male candidates has increased from 64,503 in 2014 to 65,783 in 2015, a rise of 1,280. However as a percentage of total numbers sitting GCSEs the numbers of male candidates remains the exactly the same (2.5 percent in 2014 and 2.5 percent in 2015).
The total number of female candidates has increased from 126,895 in 2014 to 128,854 in 2015, a rise of 1,959. However as a percentage of total numbers sitting GCSEs the numbers of female candidates remains the exactly the same (4.8 percent in 2014 and 2.5 percent in 2015).
With male candidates making up 2.5 percent of the total number of candidates compared to 4.8 percent of female candidates, for every male candidate there are nearly two female candidates.
Female candidates continue to significantly outperform male candidates. The cumulative percentage of male candidates achieving A* this year is 4.7 percent, (4.6 percent in 2014); the cumulative percentage for female candidates achieving A* this year is 11 percent, the same as 2014.
A further breakdown of percentages by grade, gender, nation, (England Wales and Northern Ireland) and all other subjects can be found by following this link