Welsh bucks UK trend of continued falls in GCSE language uptake
The Welsh language has bucked the trend of continued falls in the number of students taking up GCSE languages.
Welsh Second Language saw a rise from 21,351 to 21,798 students gaining a result in the subject this year compared to 2020.
Languages have seen the sharpest decline in all GCSE subjects across the UK in recent years, with both French and German entries falling by over a quarter over the past decade.
Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Italian and Polish also saw declines this year, according to the Joint Council for Qualifications.
Across the UK, only Welsh second language, Spanish and Chinese saw an increase in the number of pupils learning a language.
The number studying Welsh as a first language was also up from 5,415 in 2020 to 5,904 in 2021.
In Wales alone, French saw a decrease from to 2,711 in 2021. German saw a decrease from 556 to 485. Spanish meanwhile saw an increase from 1,120 to 1,553.
Welsh second language is the fourth most taken up language GCSE across the UK, after French, Spanish and German.
More pupils took Welsh second language GCSEs than Italian, Urdu, Polish, Arabic and Chinese.