Falls in language and science GCSEs: five key points from today's exam entry figures
Ofqual has published provisional new statistics for this summer's GCSE and A-level entries
1. Entries for GCSE English literature and language have rocketed
GCSE entries in 2017 (5.1 million) increased by more than 3 per cent compared to 2016. The increase is mostly in English language and English literature.
The entries for English language rose by 52 per cent compared to last year.
Ofqual says the rise in entries to English GCSE is due to the removal of iGCSEs from league tables, which has encouraged schools to move back to GCSEs.