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Languages: GCE A-Level

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will require all maintained schools and colleges with sixth forms to offer modern languages to A-level; and if he will make a statement. (174265)

We have no plans to do so. Choice of which subjects to offer at A-level is a matter for schools to determine. We were pleased to see a small increase in the number of pupils studying languages at A-level in 2007. This shows that young people choosing to learn languages at GCSE are enthusiastic language learners who are more likely to continue learning post-16.