Back to all articles

What degrees do students study after their STEM-related A-levels?

20th August 2018 by Stephen Lockhart

With results week upon us for BTEC, A-level and GCSE students, we thought it would be interesting to share some data from Pathways that offers insight into what degree subjects students take having studied on STEM-related A-levels.

Subjects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) play a huge role in driving innovation and helping to shape the future of our country. 

College students opening their results letters this week will have choices to make about where they go next. Whilst routes into Higher Education are only one way to go for A-level students, we thought it would be interesting to highlight the common degree subjects students take having studied a STEM-related subject at A-level.

The following graphic looks at 9 STEM-related A-level subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Design & Technology, Maths, IT, Computing, Economics and Geography. 

Using data from Pathways, we have extracted the most popular degrees students go on to do - plus a subject you may not have thought of.

Popular degree subjects for students studying STEM-related A-levels
Popular degree subjects for students studying STEM-related A-levels

Progression from STEM-related A-levels to a degree:

  • A-level Biology
    8.9% go on to study Biology at degree level
  • A-level Chemistry
    8.1% go on to study Chemistry at degree level
  • A-level Physics
    10.9% go on to study Mechanical Engineering at degree level
  • A-level Design & Technology
    23.5% go on to study Design Studies at degree level
  • A-level Maths
    9.5% go on to study Mathematics at degree level
  • A-level Information Technology (IT)
    14.8% go on to study Computer Science at degree level
  • A-level Computing
    46.3% go on to study Computer Science at degree level
  • A-level Economics
    25.5% go on to study Economics at degree level
  • A-level Geography
    9.9% go on to study Physical Geographical Sciences at degree level

Data from Pathways for entry into HE 2016/17. Sources include HESA.

Pathways

When you have Pathways embedded in your college website, all of this data is immediately available in your course page. With progression information to what careers students do next supported by high-quality Labour Market Information.

See an example below for A-level Biology.