Thursday 17 August 2023


  • Spanish remains the most popular language at A Level, followed by French, Irish and German
  • Irish has now shifted from the second most popular language to third
  • Spanish and French entries have increased by 8.2% and 4.6% respectively compared to 2022
  • Irish and German have declined by 11.8% and 13.9% respectively compared to 2022 


Jonathan Stewart, British Council, Director, Northern Ireland said: 

“Congratulations to all pupils who have received their A Level language results today and we are delighted to see the increase in Spanish and French entries.

“The benefits of having language skills and an understanding of other cultures cannot be overstated. Languages enable us to work together on global challenges, as well as opening doors for pupils to discover new people, places, and cultures. The British Council remains dedicated to working with the schools and educators to make language learning a priority.

“As stated in our most recent Language Trends 2023 report, languages are vital for the future of Northern Ireland as it seeks to build and strengthen relationships across the world. 

“We wish all the students the best of luck as they embark on the next chapter of their academic journey.”

The British Council’s latest Language Trends Northern Ireland report was published in June. Find out more about Language Trends Northern Ireland here:

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