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Modern Languages

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students (a) aged 14 years and over and (b) at university level studied modern languages in each of the last 10 years. (82352)

The available information is given in the tables.

15-year-old pupils1 entered for a GCSE foreign language, England

Academic year

Number

1995/96

439,318

1996/97

434,054

1997/98

442,130

1998/99

499,897

1999/2000

454,574

2000/01

468,487

2001/02

456,805

2002/03

449,376

2003/04

430,397

2004/052

365,320

1 Pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year, i.e. 31 August.

2 2004/05 GCSE examinations saw the first pupils for whom modern foreign languages were not compulsory.

Pupils entered for an A-Level foreign language, England

Academic year

Number

1995/96

43,123

1996/97

41,750

1997/98

36,568

1998/99

34,484

1999/2000

30,997

2000/01

30,905

2001/02

28,252

2002/03

27,475

2003/04

27,052

2004/05

26,665

FE level enrolments

In 2004/05, 120,000 aims funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) could be classified as ‘Other (i.e. non-British) languages, literature and culture’. Figures for foreign languages can not be identified separately in earlier years.

UK domiciled enrolments to modern language HE courses at English HE institutions1Academic yearPostgraduateUndergraduateTotal1995/9622,00535,00037,0051996/972,09533,75535,8501997/981,95532,02033,9751998/991,90029,32531,2251999/20001,93027,92029,8502000/011,77026,67528,4452001/021,91526,97528,8902002/0332,12532,27034,4052003/042,18031,13533,3152004/052,00529,45531,455 1 Figures exclude the Open university as subject of study cannot be consistently identified across the 10 years.2 Figures up to and including 2001/02 include those students studying on balanced combinations within languages.3 Figures for 2002/03 onwards are not comparable to earlier years due to changes in recording subject of study. For 2001/02 and earlier, figures are on a major subject of study basis. For 2002/03 onwards students are apportioned between all subjects of study.Note:Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 December (excluding those writing up, on sabbatical or dormant) and are rounded to the nearest 5.Source:Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record.