MODERN LANGUAGES ENTRIES 

Below are tables showing the number of candidates in modern language exams in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The data source is CILT, Nov 2007.

 

GCSE

Language
2005
2006
2007
French
272,167
236,427
216,718
German
105,259
90,345
81,061
Spanish
62,489
62,163
63,978
Welsh L2
9,801
9,571
9,631
Urdu
6,373
6,076
5,954
Italian
5,494
5,245
5,490
Welsh
5,101
5,212
5,183
Chinese
3,098
3,034
3,007
Irish/Gaelige
2,507
2,560
2,749
Arabic
2,194
2,419
2,606
Bengali
1,867
1,792
1,702
Russian
1,738
1,775
1,897
Turkish
1,337
1,519
1,476
Panjabi
1,340
1,248
1,197
Japanese
1,120
1,197
1,184
Portuguese
1,029
1,174
1,430
Gujarati
1,104
1,064
1,007
Polish
405
833
1,908
Modern Greek
608
549
521
Dutch
383
459
504
Persian
442
443
444
Modern Hebrew
442
400
467
Total ML
486,298
435,505
410,114
ALL ENTRIES
5,745,405
5,752,152
5,827,319
% ML of total entries
8.5%
7.6%
7.0%

 

 

A Level

Language
2005
2006
2007
French
14,248
14,381
14,615
Spanish
6,173
6,414
7,152
German
5,834
6,153
6,406
Italian
790
874
830
Urdu
762
731
644
Russian
651
632
729
Welsh L2
517
565
468
Arabic
426
441
476
Welsh/td>
402
385
378
Turkish
370
340
340
Irish
306
329
281
Japanese
251
291
261
Panjabi
199
235
184
Persian
176
217
206
Portuguese
172
186
238
Modern Greek
154
110
138
Polish
126
170
208
Dutch
113
108
149
Bengali
83
71
63
Gujarati
45
41
43
Modern Hebrew
41
54
76
Total ML
33,894
35,175
36,307
ALL SUBJECT ENTRIES
769,771
805,698
805,657
% ML of total entries
4.40%
4.37%
4.51%

Source: CILT, edited by blen