Figures published today – A-level results day – by the Joint Council of Qualifications show a 10% decline in the uptake of A-level music, and close to 20% decline in the uptake of music technology at A-level.

A-level results were awarded today to students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, said: ‘Many congratulations to students on their hard work and achievements in AS and A-level music this year. We are however deeply concerned by the continuing decline in uptake of music at A-level. With the Department for Education determined to pursue with the EBacc despite evidence which shows how damaging it has been to creative subjects in schools, this trend is only likely to get worse. This should be a wake-up call to Government that their EBacc plans need to be rethought, before any more damage is done.’


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