Tes is reporting that entries to sit AS levels have fallen by almost 60 per cent on last year, provisional figures from Ofqual show.
The number of GCSE entries in 2018 increased by just under 1 per cent compared to 2017, while A level entries dropped slightly by 3 per cent.
In 2015 AS-level entries stood at 1,331,955, meaning that entries have now cumulatively dropped by 1,062,865.
Ofqual said that the drop is “largely due to the decoupling of AS from A levels”, which has meant less schools are interested in offering the qualification.
Modern foreign languages have remained relatively stable compared to the significant drops of previous years, with German entries up by around 3 per cent and Spanish up by 8 per cent. French was down by 1 per cent.
At A-level, entries decreased from 785,450 in 2017 to 759,670 in 2018. Most subjects saw a decrease, but there were notable increases in entry in computing (up by 25 per cent) the sciences and mathematics (up by 3 per cent).
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