Languages and education in the United Kingdom (UK)

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Statista dossier about languages and education in the United Kingdom (UK)

This dossier provides a detailed look at languages and education in the United Kingdom. As well as presenting statistics on pupils taking foreign languages at A level or equivalent, this dossier includes an in depth perspective on migrant languages in UK schools and as well as on the UK's own regional and sign languages in education.

Table of contents

  • 1. Foreign languages at A level
    • A levels: European language learners in England 2011-2018

    • England: European language candidates at A level from 2011-2018

    • European language learners in Scotland at Higher Level, 2011-2017

    • Scotland: Higher European language entries 2009-2017

    • A levels: European language learners in Wales from 2011 to 2018

    • Wales: European language candidates at A level from 2011 to 2018

    • A levels: European language learners in Northern Ireland from 2011-2018

    • Northern Ireland: European language candidates at A level from 2011-2018

  • 2. UK regional languages in schools
    • Scotland: total primary pupils having lessons in Gaelic in 2017

    • Scotland: total secondary pupils having lessons in Gaelic in 2017

    • Gaelic language learners in Scotland at Higher Level, 2011-2017

    • Wales: number of primary students with lessons in Welsh 2011-2017

    • Wales: number of secondary students with lessons in Welsh 2011-2017

    • A levels: Welsh language learners in Wales from 2011-2018

    • Wales; A level Welsh language candidates from 2011-2018

    • Northern Ireland: share of primary students with lessons in Irish 2001-2018

    • Northern Ireland: share of secondary students with lessons in Irish 2001-2017

    • A levels: Irish language learners in Northern Ireland from 2011-2018

    • A levels: Irish language learners in Northern Ireland from 2011-2018

  • 3. Foreign languages at A level in England
    • England: A level European language candidates in 2018

    • England: A level French statistics trend 2011-2018

    • England: A level German statistics trend 2011-2018

    • England: A level Spanish statistics trend 2011-2018

    • A levels: European language learners in England in 2018

  • 4. Foreign languages at A level in Scotland
    • French language learners in Scotland at Higher Level, 2011-2017

    • German language learners in Scotland at Higher Level, 2011-2017

    • Spanish language learners in Scotland at Higher Level, 2011-2017

    • Italian language learners in Scotland at Higher Level, 2011-2017

  • 5. Foreign languages at A level in Wales
    • Wales: A level European language candidates in 2018

    • French: A level candidates in Wales from 2011-2018

    • German: A level candidates in Wales from 2011-2018

    • Spanish: A level candidates in Wales from 2011-2018

    • A levels: European language learners in Wales in 2018

  • 6. Foreign languages at A level in Northern Ireland
    • Northern Ireland: European language candidates at A level in 2018

    • Northern Ireland: French language candidates at A level from 2011-2018

    • Northern Ireland: German language candidates at A level from 2011-2018

    • Northern Ireland: Spanish language candidates at A level from 2011-2018

    • A levels: European language learners in Northern Ireland from 2011-2018

  • 7. Sign language in schools
    • England: languages used by deaf pupils in schools in 2016/2017

    • Scotland: languages used by deaf pupils in schools in 2014/15

    • Wales: languages used by deaf pupils in schools in 2016/17

    • Northern Ireland: languages used by deaf pupils in schools in 2014/15

  • 8. English as an Additional Language (EAL) pupils in the United Kingdom
    • England: EAL pupils at primary school in 2016 by region

    • England: EAL pupils at secondary school in 2017 by region

    • Scotland: EAL students at school in 2017 by English ability

    • Most common non-English languages spoken in Scottish schools in 2017

    • Wales: EAL pupils in 2017 by region

    • Most common non-English languages spoken in Welsh schools in 2017

    • Northern Ireland: EAL students at primary school 2011-2017

    • Northern Ireland: EAL students at secondary school 2011-2017

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