The subjects on the rise and on the slide in Scotland

Physics, French and Spanish receive fewer entries at Higher level in Scotland, while Chinese and fashion gain popularity

Henry Hepburn

Henry Hepburn

Subjects on the rise and on the slide in Scotland

New statistics on qualifications taken by students in Scotland in 2017-18 reveal some big swings in uptake at Higher level.

Some of the changes in the Scottish Qualifications Authority statistics between 2016-17 and 2017-18 include:

On the way down

Latin: Down 21 per cent (from 286 to 226 entries)

Engineering science: Down 10 per cent (from 1,125 to 1,104 entries)

Physics: Down 8 per cent (from 8,956 to 8,280, while biology and chemistry remained relatively stable)

Computing science: Down 8 per cent (from 4,476 to 4,099)

French: Down 4 per cent (from 3,918 to 3,780 entries, and from 4,581 entries in 2016)

Spanish: Down marginally after years of increasing popularity (from 2,809 to 2,795 entries)

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On the way up

Fashion and textile technology: Up 31 per cent (from 282 to 370 entries)

Politics: Up 24 per cent (from 982 to 1,214 entries)

Chinese languages: Up 18 per cent (from 129 to 152 entries)

Dance: Up 8 per cent (from 427 to 461 entries)

Childcare development: Up 7 per cent (from 713 to 766 entries)


OVERALL ENTRIES: Down 1 per cent (from 194,804 to 191,952)

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