A levels see worrying decline in English...

There is concern at the significant decline in the number of students taking English at A level and the blame is being placed on the reformed GCSE curriculum. Chris Parr reports

This year, significantly fewer students took A levels in English than last year. In fact, there was a 13 per cent decline in the number of entries this year compared with 2018’s cohort – and it is not the first time numbers have fallen.

According to figures from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), the body which represents the exam boards, the trend can be traced back several years.

The number of students in England taking A levels in English subjects (language, literature, and combined) fell from 78,521 in 2016 to 66,923 in 2018 – a drop of more than 11,500. This represents a 25 per cent decrease in entries over that three-year period.

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