The number of students sitting and passing the Computing A-level has risen to 5,383 in 2015 but the number of those taking the ICT A-level has fallen to 9,124.
Overall, figures by the Joint Council for Qualifications show 14,507 students sat technology-related exams this year, nearly 1,000 more than the 13,650 in 2014, driven by the additional 1,212 students who took the Computing exam.
The figures are indicative of a trend in which the number of students studying ICT has been falling since 2012, while more students have opted to take Computing.
This suggests a growing interest in the more technical side of technology rather than the more straight forward use of such systems.
Split between the genders, ICT and Computing remain male-dominated subjects. A total of 5,870 males took ICT compared with 3,254 females, while the Computing exam saw split of 4,927 male and just 456 female.
This was an increase in the number of females taking Computing, though, up by 142 from 314 last year.
With regards results, 32 percent achieved grades of A* to B in ICT this year compared with 34.1 percent in 2014. For the Computing exam, 36.4 percent of students achieved grades A* to B, a slight decline from 36.8 percent in 2014.
In other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, Mathematics saw a hike in students sitting the exam across both genders, rising from 88,816 in 2014 to 92,711 this year.
This increase in Mathematics and Computing students may have had an adverse effect on the numbers studying the three main sciences - Physics, Biology and Chemistry - which fell from 143,963 in 2014 to 142,138 this year.
Bill Mitchell, director of education at BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, welcomed the increase in students studying Computing, but warned that there is more work to be done to encourage more students to take the subject.
"It's great that we've seen such a big yearly increase in students taking A-level computer science. But those numbers need to double and then double again over the next 10 years for the UK to have anything like enough people able to progress into a professional career in IT," he said in a statement sent to V3.
"For that to happen we need to make sure primary and secondary school teachers get the support they need so that computing is a thriving, vibrant subject in all our schools and for all ages of students. This is a great start, but we've a long way to go before we can say the job's done."
Degrees of separation
Figures released by UCAS (PDF) on the type of degrees school leavers are applying for show an increase in applicants for Computer Science and Engineering degrees, although there was a slight decline in the number of students opting to study Technologies.
The number of applicants for Computer Science degrees rose by 13 percent from 16,670 in 2014 to 18,770 this year. Engineering degrees saw a rise of seven percent from 20,190 to 21,660 over the past 12 months.
However, applicants for Technologies degrees fell by 11 percent from 2,010 in 2014 to 1,790 this year.
Interestingly, despite the decline in the number of people sitting science exams at A-level, the number of applicants for science degrees has increased by several thousand across the core subjects.
The technology industry will see the increase in Computing students at A-level and university as a positive trend that could go some way to filling the UK's digital skills gap and its adverse affect on UK businesses.
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