A-level results day: continued decline in creative uptake

A-level results published yesterday (Thursday 15 August) by the Joint Council for Qualifications show that the uptake of creative subjects at A-level continues to decline, a worrying trend over the last five years that shows no signs of abating.

Since 2014 there has been a 16.9% decline in creative subject entries at A-level.

In just one year, since 2018, there has been a 5.9% decline in creative subject entries at A-Level.

A-level results were awarded to students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and founder of the Bacc for the Future campaign said:

‘Well done to students on their hard work and achievements in their A-levels this year. However, we remain deeply concerned by the continuing fall in uptake of creative subjects at A level: 16.9% over the past five years.

With the Department for Education determined to pursue the EBacc despite the overwhelming evidence of how damaging it has been to creative subjects, this trend is likely to continue. We continue to urge the Government to completely rethink the EBacc; without a change in direction, this highly flawed policy will continue to devastate creative subjects such as music in our schools.'