GCSE entries in major European languages in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2018

In 2018 there were approximately 117 thousand high school students in the UK taking French at GCSE level, compared with 88 thousand taking Spanish and 42 thousand taking German. During the provided time period, the number of students taking French and German has been declining since 2010 while those taking Spanish has increased. Spanish overtook German as the second most popular language in 2011 with 58,681 taking it at GCSE level, compared with 58,299 pupils taking German.

Number of GSCE entries in French, German and Spanish in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2018

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Release date

July 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2018

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