A new report has suggested that it should be a requirement for A-level students to study a foreign language, mathematics and a humanities subject in order to address the issue of a decline in university humanities enrolments.
Carried out by the Higher Education Policy Institute, the study – reported on by the Independent – found that enrolment in humanities degrees, graduate employment and funding are now all in decline. Between 1961 and 2020, the proportion of students in the UK studying such subjects dropped from about 28 per cent to around eight per cent.
Author of the report Dr Gabriel Roberts argued that making humanities compulsory at school could see interest in subjects at university rise, while making foreign languages a requirement could also “stem the decline in applicants for modern languages courses at university and lessen the social exclusivity of classics and modern languages courses at leading universities”.
He continued: “There’s a strong case for broadening post-16 education in the UK. A-levels are strikingly narrow by international standards, and the success of the International Baccalaureate and the Extended Project Qualification shows pupils can handle greater breadth than A-levels offer.”
If you’re currently thinking about what A-levels to take, it can be useful from a university perspective to be broad with your choices, as this can help you keep your options open when it comes to your degree. If you have a particular degree in mind already, it’s also important to note that some courses require you to have specific A-levels in order to apply.
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