Youngsters are recognising the importance of taking on classic academic subjects at GCSE level.
This is according to Andrew Hall, chief executive of the AQA board, who told the Guardian there is evidence of a shift in pupils turning to traditional subjects such as geography and languages and he believes career concerns are behind this move.
He was speaking after the release of the latest batch of GCSE results and they show that entry into geography is at a nine-year high, while history has reached a 16-year high.
Mr Hall stated youngsters are being "savvy" as they seek to pick subjects that will help them progress. This means there is likely to be a greater demand for specific teaching jobs in the future as students continue to focus on academic topics.
"Young people have it a whole lot tougher than certainly in my day. You don't get the second, third or fourth chance that you had 30 years ago," he added.
Posted by Theo Foulds