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Popularity of science 'could be due to Brian Cox effect'

19/08/2011 Joanna
The increase in the number of students taking science A-levels has been put down to the 'Brian Cox effect'.

The academic and former musician has hosted a number of TV programmes in recent years and built up a large fan base.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Sir Peter Knight, incoming president of the Institute of Physics, explained: "Year on year we are seeing increases in the number of students choosing to sit physics A-level.

"Physics has enjoyed popular rejuvenation, thanks, in no small part, to the Brian Cox effect and the excitement surrounding the Large Hadron Collider. We're sure that many students are also responding to calls from university leaders, businesses and the government for students to choose subjects which will provide the skills our country needs."

Entries for chemistry rose by nine per cent over the last year, making it the fastest growing mainstream subject.

Overall A-level pass rates rose slightly this year, increasing from 97.6 per cent in 2010 to 97.8 per cent in 2011.

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