These figures include the number of applicants to specialise in subjects either individually or in combination with another subject.
The data showed that:
- The biggest drops were in citizenship and design and technology (systems control), both of which had applications fall by 67 per cent between December 2016 and December 2017.
- The number of applicants wanting to teach English fell by 25 per cent.
- Maths applications fell by 28 per cent.
- Science applications fell by 23 per cent.
- History was particularly hard hit, with a drop of 46 per cent in the number of applications.
- There were 52 per cent fewer applicants for social science this year.
- And 47 per cent fewer people were interested in teaching psychology.
- Music also had a large decrease in applicants, by 45 per cent.
- Art (including art and design) received 37 per cent fewer applicants than last year.
- Applicants to teach European languages fell by 27 per cent.
- French was the European language worst affected, with a drop of 29 per cent.
- Only one subject had an increase in the number of applicants. The number of applications for ICT rose from 10 in 2016 to 20 this year: an increase of 100 per cent.
- The number of applications for special educational needs teaching remained the same.