Trends in the teaching of English


The decline of English (2020)

  • 2003-19 A-level: English versus Maths and Lang versus Lit (from data on the websites of the four exam boards)

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A-level (A2) English, all boards, June exams only, 2003-2015

Comment: the ALCAB list of ‘facilitating subjects’, which includes English Literature but not English Language, was first published in 2011, so it may be responsible for the drop in English Language entries since 2013, though not the drop since 2009 in Lang and Lit.

A-level (A2, where relevant) English Language (AQA Lang A&B only), 1985-2010

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  • sources:
    • 2000-7: AQA
    • 1990-9: AQA staff provided figures for JMB and NEAB
    • 1983-9: no longer available even in AQA; 210 candidates sat the exam in 1985.


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