Tough Choices: The real reasons A Level students are steering clear of science and Maths
Your Life, in partnership with A.T. Kearney, launched its landmark Tough Choices Report on 5th February 2016, investigating the real reasons A Level students are steering clear of science and Maths
The skills gap is set to grow not diminish, demonstrating that huge challenges remain. This report aims to help inspire change by providing an insight into students’ thinking and the choices they face. The report lifts the lid on the decision-making process of those students that choose to move away from science and Maths before A Level.
In the future business will be increasingly dependent on digital knowledge and numerical analytics, which puts a high premium on Maths and Physics skills in young adults. As the report shows the challenge for us is that science and Maths are still seen by students as too abstract and theoretical, with little real application and suited only to the very bright. It also shows that students are unaware of the opportunities that even basic knowledge in these subjects can provide: opening doors to almost any job, in almost any sector. These skills are in high demand in the working world, but if students remain unaware of this they will continue to turn away from Maths and Physics at A Level. The additional, unfortunate consequence of this means that UK firms will struggle to find the skills they need in the future.
This can change but it needs everyone to play their part. This is a society-wide issue and Tough Choices aims to encourage everyone to do what they can to improve the situation. The commitment of parents, teachers and businesses to enlighten students about the opportunities studying Maths and Physics will provide them is the starting point for the solution.