Leaving Cert results show record number sitting higher level maths

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13 August 2014 | 0

Leaving Cert results released today by Science Foundation Ireland have confirmed an increase in the number of students sitting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

More students took the higher level mathematics paper than ever, with 27% of maths students opting to sit the exam. This upsrge has been attributed to the Project Maths curriculum and bonus points for higher level grades.

The biggest percentage across science subjects was physics, which saw an 11.3% increase in exam candidates. Chemistry saw a bump of 448 students with 84% of students sitting the higher level papers.

Some 1,706 students took the applied mathematics exam this year compared with 1,599 in 2013.

Earlier this year an increase was seen in initial first preference science-related applications for third-level study where applications and technology courses rose to 13,608.

First preference applications to science courses in 2014 increased by almost 8% to 4,916.

First preference applications in computing courses have increased 31% since 2011, while engineering courses attracted 3,215 applications this year.

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