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EXAM bosses have said an increase in the popularity of separate sciences at GCSE level is good for the economy.

Physics, chemistry and biology have all seen a significant rise in uptake, at the expense of the double award science course.

Over a five-year period, physics has seen a massive 140 per cent rise, with chemistry not far behind at 139.3 per cent and biology up 134 per cent.

And, as previously reported in The News, the increase is being seen up to A-level and beyond, with a specialised physics degree at the University of Portsmouth being oversubscribed in its first full year.

The course has close links with local firms such as Astrium and BAE Systems.

Ziggy Liaquat, managing director of exam board Edexcel, said employers and universities are seeing it as increasingly important that students have the ‘skills and knowledge’ given by science subjects.

He added: ‘The UK competes in the global market.

‘These subjects are important for our ability to compete.’