IT has leapt in popularity among GCSE students, with 13 percent more 16-year-olds taking an ICT exam compared to 2011.
The increase is positive news for the technology industry, which is aiming to attract more youngsters into IT courses to develop the next generation of Tim Berners-Lees and Jony Ives.
Of this year's crop of GCSEs, 53,197 students opted for ICT, up from 47,128 in 2011.
This is the opposite of the A-level results, which saw a drop-off in 2012. Only 11,088 students took an ICT A-level this year, an almost 10 percent decline compared to 2011 when 11,960 ICT A-levels were taken.
There is also a pretty even balance between genders at GCSE level, with 23,590 females and 29,607 males taking the ICT exam. This compares to only 4,284 females taking ICT compared to 6,804 males, indicating that more needs to be done to extend interest in technology beyond the age of 16.
The one-year-old Business and Communication Systems GCSE has already seen a decline in popularity, despite only opening to students in 2009 and posting its first set of results last year.
In 2012, 15,603 students took the Business and Comms GCSE, compared to 18,639 last year. This course is very evenly balanced between genders, with 8,034 males and 7,569 females taking the exam.
The Business and Comms course was launched with the aim of helping "students understand the changing role of ICT in business and economic activities". However, reading over the course's outline on the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment website, highlights that it is in need of an overhaul, with references such as "the rise of e-business" already outdated.
The current IT curriculum is being withdrawn from schools this September, with the aim of revitalising technology teaching and giving teachers more freedom over course structure.
This could have a marked effect on the number of students opting for an IT GCSE this year, if schools use the move as a reason to reduce focus on structured IT teaching. More likely, teachers will stick roughly to the current curriculum rather than creating their own individual GCSE IT courses, because of time pressures and stretched resources.
Announcing the plans earlier this year, education secretary Michael Gove said he wanted to see universities and businesses "create new high-quality Computer Science GCSEs, and develop curricula encouraging schools to make use of the brilliant Computer Science content available on the web".
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