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Art and design GCSE numbers increase but attainment at A and A* sees a sharp fall

This year's art and design GCSE results show the lowest cumulative percentage of A* candidates for five years: 8.9 per cent (2014) achieved an A*. Cumulative percentages of A* grades range between 9.8 per cent in 2012 and 7.6 per cent in 2009; this year 22.8 per cent achieved a grade A – the lowest cumulative percentage in seven years (in 2007, 22.4 per cent achieved an A grade).

Female candidates continue to significantly outperform male candidates: The cumulative percentage of male candidates achieving an A* this year is 4.6 per cent (5.2 per cent in 2013); the cumulative percentage for female candidates achieving an A* is 11 per cent 2014 (12 per cent in 2013).

The total number of male candidates sitting the exam has increased for the first time since 2003 but the total number compares very poorly with the number of female candidates: males make up 2.5 per cent of the total number of candidates compared to 4.8 per cent females (or 64,503 male candidates compared to 126,398 female candidates).

The total cumulative percentage of male and female candidates achieving a C grade this year has fallen to 76.4 per cent – in 2009 the total cumulative percentage peaked at 77.4 per cent.

The total overall number of art and design candidates has increased this year from 183,090 to 191,398. This is the first time total candidate numbers have exceeded the total numbers recorded in 2010 (188,8193).

A further breakdown of percentages by grade, gender, nation (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and all other subjects can be found on this LINK.