Experts have told The Daily Telegraph that while English used to be viewed as one of the most prestigious and intellectual A-levels, students now favour subjects which they think will lead them on to a well-paid job.
Barnaby Lenon, chair of the Independent Schools Council, said that higher university tuition fees have led to students wanting to get a “good return on their investment”.
Mr Lenon, a former headmaster at the £41,775-a-year Harrow School, said that parents must “disabuse children of the notion” that subjects like English have no value in the workplace as this is “simply untrue”.
“Many of the highest paid, most interesting people in the country studied English A-level and went to university to read a subject without much practical application, then found themselves in great demand in the market place,” Mr Lenon said.
"My children studied philosophy and classics but both found themselves highly employable. "