With the announcement that the Government plans to not allow student loans to those who do not achieve at least a grade C in GCSE English and Maths, analysis was conducted on the response from the public.
Oxford Summer School analysed Google Trends data to find that ‘how to pass GCSE maths’ – has seen a 2930% spike in searches after the Government announced plans to not give student loans to those who haven’t secured a grade C or above in the subject.
The data also reveals that UK searches for ‘help with maths’ has seen a 4802% rise following the announcement.
Similarly, search volume for ‘maths GCSE’ spiked by 163% above the average after news of the proposed plans came out.
A spokesperson for Oxford Summer School said: “This analysis has shown that there may be worry for students soon sitting their GCSEs. A dramatic increase in this search shows that pupils may be concerned about the consequences of not securing a grade C or above in their maths exams. This announcement may lead to an increase in students achieving a C grade in the core subjects but may also result in a drop in applications to university.”