Why did you not take English at A-level? Watch
There are plenty of teenagers who enjoy reading modern or children's fiction, or watch films, but classical literature is a completely different ball game for them. I get the impression that classical literature is a Marmite subject - you either love or hate it.
This still doesn't explain the level of popularity English literature has at A Level - even back in the years before there was all this nonsense about facilitating subjects.
It is notable that English literature is very classless as an A Level and is taken both by public school students and council estate kids. Economics and Latin are dominated by students in independent schools whereas psychology and sociology are 6th form college subjects.
sorry for replying 3 months late but imma gonna say something: IT DOESN'T HELP YOU FOR THE FUTURE TEACH ME HOW TO WRITE A CV NOT A PAGE ESSAY ON AN OLD 100-400 YEAR OLD BOOK we need a new education system!!!
Perhaps the classics of literature are best reserved for bed time reading and after school clubs rather than studied for A Level.
GCSE English was complete BS. To do well (I got As in Lit and Lang) all you had to do was make up some crazy person's interpretation (with quote), contrast it with another crazy person's interpretation, pick one you think had more weight and repeat until exam time ran out. It was just a test to see how much nonsense you could write in 2 hours and I certainly didn't want to do any more of that at A Level.
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.
English on historical fictional books is by far the least needed subject if you want to do anything outside an English or Philosophical career. At least philosophy makes sense (and I support philosophy as it can be optional at some schools for GCSEs) I have not would have problem with English lit if you were given the option to opt out of it during GCSEs and if it wasn't a "facilitating subject" those 4 hrs per fortnight are a waste a could be used to do other things (even if it just means analysing more modern books) or even better...learning life skills!! .Even 100 years ago people were taught life skills in school (women were taught how to cook, men were taught how to exercise, prepare for the workforce skills they all of them needed to know for their generation) the skills we learn now in school do not correlate to the skills we need now for the 21st century "real world" of work unless you are willing to do something academic (but not everyone is willing to go down that route...). If you enjoy English lit great do it but the government shouldn't be shoving down subjects in people's throats that are 80% of the time not going to help you for the future... instead have compulsory grammar tests like in other countries