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Most A'Level music classes have only three students.

Most A'Level music classes have only three students.

The average A-level music class now has just three students, a study has found.

One in five entries for the subject are from fewer than 50 schools, according to research commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music.

Academics from Birmingham City University analysed patterns of entry for A-level qualifications in Music over the past five years and found that numbers had fallen by 35 per cent, from 8,369 to 5,440.

The study also found that independent schools account for a disproportionately high number of A-level music entries.

“It seems significant that the average class size for many of the entry centres in these local authorities does not exceed the national average of 3.3 students,” the report said, adding that the subject is “disappearing” altogether from schools in deprived areas.

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