A-level results 2019: English literature

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

Compiled by Education Datalab, the tables show entries have fallen, from 40,456 last year to 37,179 this year.

The proportion reaching the top grades has remained largely the same. This year, 8.6 per cent got an A*, down slightly from 8.7 per cent last year,, while 24.1 per cent got an A* or A, a small increase on 23.9 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 literature results: England

A-level English 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.