University departments squeezed by English and maths decline

UK universities are feeling the knock-on effect of a decline in the number of students taking English and mathematics at A level, raising fears for beleaguered departments in a time of intense competition for students. Times Higher Education reports.

The number of entries for English A levels fell by 13 per cent this year, and was down by 30 per cent since 2015. Entries for maths, which had been on the rise for the past three years, declined by 6 per cent.

Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said the trends were “worrying”.

“Most people would accept that English and maths are particularly important areas of study,” he said. “There’s definitely a connection between A-level entries and the health of university departments. Just look at the challenges that language departments had to face after the catastrophic decision to make languages voluntary at GCSE, which led to drops at A levels and in higher education.”

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