English A-level suffers collapse in student numbers as teachers blame tougher GCSEs

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Professor Robert Eaglestone, a member of the English Association which promotes the study of literature, said that academics were “anxious” about the subject’s decline.  

“Universities have been aware in a decrease of application for English over the past two or three years,” he said.

“The key figure is almost every year 14.5 per cent of A-level English students go on to do English at university. Previous ministers have been very down on humanities and we think there is a turn to Stem subjects.”

A Department for Education spokesperson: “It is positive to see an increase in the uptake of Stem subjects at A level in recent years, reflecting the rise in demand for people with skills in these areas, whilst English remains one of the most popular subjects.