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1 Student Recruitment in the Earth Sciences Helen King Assistant Director, GEES Subject Centre

2 England & Wales Key Stage 3 Science

3 England & Wales GCSE 92% (583,100) Science ) Double 71% (450,900) Add l Science) Award 7% (46,000) Biology, Chemistry & Physics (- ‘triple award’) 30% (188,400) Geography full courses 2% (36,200) in short courses A total of 7,600 students took ‘other sciences, that include Env. Science and Geology: –< 1% Env. Science (AQA) –<1% (664) Geology (WJEC)

4 England & Wales A Level

5 A Level Geology as % of Total Entry UK

6 Scotland & Northern Ireland Scotland –No Earth Science is found in the 14+ science curriculum –Earth Science is found in the Geography and Science curricula –Geology is taught at ‘Higher’ level (~40 centres: this number is falling) Northern Ireland –The Earth science in the NI National Science curriculum was removed during one of the curriculum revisions –Earth Science in the NI National Geography Curriculum is very limited –Some schools do GCSE Geology (WJEC) and A-level Geology (OCR or WJEC) wrapped into the E & W figures

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10 Earth Science education is supported by: England & Wales –The Earth Science Teachers’ Association, since 1969 –The Earth Science Education Forum (England and Wales), since 2002 –Earth Science Education Forum - Cymru, since 2006 –The Education Committee of the Geological Society, since 2006 –The Earth Science Education Unit, since 1999 Scotland –Because of major concern about the low level of Earth science in Scottish schools, the Scottish Earth Science Education Forum (SESEF) has been formed –A full time Development Officer has been appointed - supported by Scottish Heritage and UKOOA funding Northern Ireland –The ES2K group has been formed to lobby for geology, first in Northern Ireland and now across all Ireland


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