Why did you not take English at A-level? Watch
3) Maths and science are my thing
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Turns out lots of people who got low got theirs remarked and went up a few grades, if I had done this and actually done better than a 5 i probably wouldve taken it. Took business instead because I got an A in it at GCSE
The number of A-level entries in any of the English disciplines has been declining rapidly over the last four years, just look at the entry data below:
With these numbers seemingly spreading out to multiple subjects rather than just one, I wanted to know, why are students no longer interested in taking English?
Did you decide against taking English at A-level, if so why?
If you have still taken it, why? Are you still enjoying it or do you regret it now?
I personally think it's a shame if we continue to lose the amount of variation we have in our education system as students continue to flock to STEM.
Probably the last subject I'd have considered for A Level, despite it also being the one subject I'm naturally very good at.
not surprised entries are dropping, people are either loving or hating the subject and i can't imagine appealing it to most at gcse. i really liked it at gcse but now, not so much at a level and you've also got the message that's being increasingly drilled in our heads that STEM subjects are the better ones to take. my english lit class had over 20 in the beginning of the year, we've got like 11 now; it's not easy at all.
a) I didn't enjoy English Language at GCSE because I never really understood it. I feared that many of the same skills required in English Language would probably be required in A-level English Lit.
b) languages are way better. You study literature in a foreign language in A-level and degree level languages anyway. They're also far more applicable.
c) The brochures I was given by my English teachers to promote English Lang and Lit at A-level contained 12 spelling, punctuation and grammar errors between them (and they didn't even contain that much text!).
I'm more sad about the decline in A-level MFL entries than the decline in A-level English entries
If anyone enjoys doing English Lit, good for them but this is simply my personal take on the subject.
It just seemed a rubbish subject that was 'compulsory'. Reading junk poetry and Shakespeare that aren't even in proper English just made it seem even more silly. I get that I need to know how to read, write and spell, and doing more complicated versions of that again and again makes me better at communicating, but most of the stuff I wrote in the exams I wouldn't say to another person unless I was trying to wind them up.
It's good that more people are moving to STEM. Employers now need to do their bit and actually finish things by training these graduates rather than relying on poaching from other companies.