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Modern foreign languages in schools

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  • Release date: 27 August 2008
  • Period covered: 2007
A report which includes information on examination entry and performance by language, age and gender.

Key points

  • The percentage of 15 year olds entering at least one GCSE in a modern foreign language has fallen each year, from 41 per cent in 1999 to 28 per cent in 2007.
  • The proportion of GCSE entries in modern foreign languages resulting in grades A*-C was 76 per cent in 2007 compared with 67 per cent in 1999.
  • In 2007, 68 per cent of entries in modern foreign languages at GCSE level were in French compared to 73 per cent in 1999, whilst Spanish has seen an increase, with 5 per cent of entries in modern foreign languages in 1999 rising to 12 per cent in 2007.
  • The proportion of A level entries in modern foreign languages resulting in grades A-C was 78 per cent in 2007 compared with 70 per cent in 2001.
  • In 2007, 63 per cent of entries in modern foreign languages at A level were in French compared to 64 per cent in 2001.

Contact

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Email: school.stats@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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