"Parlez-vous français?" Probably not, as the number of modern languages students falls
The number of students taking modern languages at university fell by 12 per cent for 2012/13
“Parlez-vous français?” The answer, according to new data from the Higher Education Funding council for England (HEFCE), is no.
The number of students accepting university places to study modern languages has fallen by 12 per cent overall, with French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Scandinavian Studies among the hardest hit.
Intake for French, Spanish and Portuguese degrees dropped by 15 per cent in 2012/13, while German and Scandinavian Studies plunged by over 30 per cent.
Just 4,842 undergraduates accepted places to study a language, as universities increased their annual tuition fees to £9,000 for September 2012 entry, compared to 5,508 prior to the fee hike.
The falling figures reflect an overall trend that saw student admissions decrease by six per cent last year, with 27,120 fewer students taking up a university place.
The decline in numbers has been blamed on rising costs of university incurred by the fee increases, with many A-level students opting to go straight to university in 2011 to avoid the higher fees.
HEFCE’s data indicates that the only modern language to improve on student numbers was African and Modern Middle Eastern Studies, which increased by one per cent from last year.
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
- 1 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 Is Ebola coming to Britain? UK health officials issue warning to doctors as outbreak fears grow
- 4 Richard Dawkins says 'date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse' on Twitter
- 5 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
- < Previous
- Next >
£25000 per annum + OTE £40,000: SThree: Orgtel are seeking Graduate Trainee Re...