2017 GCSE results

Geography GCSE maintains growth

Candidate numbers for GCSE geography increased for another year despite the majority of subjects experiencing a drop in entries.

The number of geography entries increased by 1931 (0.8%) since 2016 to 245,964 following a 7% rise the previous year.

Geography was one of only seven subjects (with over 100,000 entries) to gain popularity and remains the 8th most popular subject at GCSE. The gender split is unchanged at 53% male and 47% female.

Pass rates for geography (C/4) dropped by 1.5% since 2016 to 64.8%, below the average pass rate of 66.3% and fall of 0.6%.

*Figures for all UK candidates (source: https://www.jcq.org.uk/)

Download: In-depth analysis of GCSE geography results (PDF)


Go to the GCSE and A level results for geography page to view results and analyses from previous years.

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John McGrath

John McGrath GA Member

Thanks for the current data. Are there any statistics available relating to the ability of students entered for geography by schools ? I'm interested in the national picture as to whether geography is an option subject open to all or if schools limit this choice in some way.

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