Thursday 18 August 2022


•  Spanish remains the most popular modern foreign language despite a slight decline in entries. 

•  Entries for French decreased whilst German increased this year. 

•  Entries for other modern foreign languages have not recovered to pre-pandemic levels.

Vicky Gough, British Council Schools Advisor, said: 

“Congratulations to those pupils collecting their A-level languages results today for all their hard work. 

“It’s encouraging that numbers for A-level languages have increased overall this year, but this must be seen in the broader context of a huge decline over the past 20 years.

“Spanish has consolidated its lead over French as the most popular A-level language for a third year in a row. However, it’s disappointing to see a further drop in the number of pupils studying German. 

“As stated in our Language Trends Survey, and as schools continue to recover from the pandemic, it’s essential that schools prioritise language learning and look to build back international opportunities and connections that have been in decline over the last few years. The benefits of having language skills and an understanding of other cultures cannot be overstated, particularly as the UK renegotiates its place on the world stage.”


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