Decline of ‘Mickey Mouse’ GCSEs revealed as entries for Media Studies and Home Economics plummet

The Telegraph is reporting that the decline of “mickey mouse” GCSEs has been revealed as figures show that the number of teenagers taking Media Studies and Home Economics courses has plummeted in recent years.

Meanwhile, traditional subjects such as History, Geography and English have seen a huge increase in their take up in English schools since 2014.

The shift towards “core” subjects follows the introduction of the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc), a certificate that rewards pupils gaining five core academic subjects.

Figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show that since 2014, the Manufacturing GCSE has seen an 85.9 per cent drop in entries, while Leisure and Tourism has dropped by 75.9 per cent.

Media Studies, Film Studies and TV Studies have dropped by 32.5 per cent over the same period, and entries Hospitality has gone down 40.5 per cent.

However, entries for History have increased by 4.4 per cent, and Geography by 17.7 per cent over the same period. The Computing qualification – which has been accepted in place of a science for the Ebacc since 2013 – has seen the biggest increase, rising by 337.1 per cent over four years.  

Figures show that entries for arts subjects – including Music, Drama, and Art and Design – have also dropped.

Religious Studies has seen a 28 per cent decline in entries over the past four years, and Design and Technology has declined by 42.1 per cent.

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