IN 2012 around 73,397 students sat for the Higher School Certificate (HSC) exam.
With HSC results released the Board of Studies has released information about course enrolments for 2012 which provides an overall picture of the popularity of subjects.
In 2011, 27,289 students enrolled in Advanced English, with 52 per cent of those students being male.
Last year 27,366 students enrolled in Advanced English, but this time only 42 per cent of those students were male.
The data shows opposite trends for Standard English, with male students now holding the majority percentage for that subject.
Mathematics has also seen a change in numbers, with 32,104 students enrolled in general mathematics in 2011, rising to 32,202 in 2012 — with male and female students equally represented in this subject last year.
Enrolments for mathematics have risen to 17,023 this year, but are significantly lower than enrolments for general mathematics (32,202).
Extension maths classes have maintained steady numbers over the past two years and biology and chemistry remain popular classes, with numbers also holding relatively steady. The history subjects remain popular, particularly with female students.
Drama has seen a slight jump in male student numbers, just as Music 1 has had more female student enrolments. Visual arts has had a slight growth over the past two years, with 29 per cent male student enrolment and 71 per cent female students remaining the same.