A-level results 2019: English language and literature

These are the trend tables for A-level English language and literature, 2015-2019.

Compiled by Education Datalab, the tables show entries have fallen, from 8,878 last year to 7,479.

The proportion reaching the top grades has remained largely the same. This year, 2.9 per cent got an A*, exactly the same as last year, while 12.1 per cent got an A* or A, a small decrease on 12.2 per cent last year. A total of 99.2 per cent passed the course, up from 99 per cent last year.

The declining popularity of A-level English has been blamed by some on the difficulty of the reformed English GCSE.

Comparable data is not available before 2017. Before this point, English was recorded as a single subject, covering English language, English literature, and English language and literature.

For other subjects, visit our main subject tables page.

A-level English language and literature results: England

A-level English language and literature entries: England

For our own analysis, you can read about the 5 key trends in England’s data, to find out which subjects are increasing or declining in popularity, or our stories on girls overtaking boys in science and Spanish becoming the most popular language.

You can also read our headline story on the slump in top grades, with the proportion of pupils getting A or A* reaching its lowest level in 12 years.