Massive drop in music study in Wales

Figures show A level numbers have halved

New figures show a huge drop in the number of Welsh school students taking music at A level.

The Joint Council for Qualifications statistics shows that 370 students sat the A-Level music exam in June 2018 compared to 737 in 2008, while GCSE entries has seen a 40% drop from 3,779 students in 2008 to 2,201 this year.

Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas said the subject was not given the same respect as other subjects, said it is seen "as a bit of a frill on the side".

A Welsh Government spokesman said: "We're committed to giving learners experiences in the arts, culture and heritage through a balanced curriculum.

"Music and art and design is compulsory to all pupils in Key Stage 2 and 3. The new curriculum, which is being developed at the moment consolidates the important role of the arts in education."


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