More than 60,000 students have received the results of their Junior Certificate exams in schools around the country.

This year's figures show a rise in the number of candidates opting for Higher Level papers in the three core subjects - Irish, Mathematics and English.

Compared to two years ago 4% more students opted for Higher Level Irish this year, while numbers sitting maths at Higher Level rose by 2.5%.

In maths, again compared to two years ago, this year's data shows a 3% rise in the proportion of A, B and C grades awarded at Higher Level, but there's a 3% drop in A, B and C awards at Ordinary Level.

In languages, the shift away from French in favour of other European languages continues.

Since 2014 the proportion of students sitting French has fallen by 4%, while the proportion opting for German, Spanish or Italian has risen over the same period by 3%.

However, French is still the dominant language with just over half of students learning it during their junior cycle.

This year marks the end of an era for one subject, though. In June, Typewriting was examined for the last time when just 14 students sat the exam, compared to almost 200 two years ago.

2016 is also the last year that students will receive Junior Certificate results in the current format.

From 2017 students are expected to receive what will be known as a Junior Cycle 'Profile of Achievement'.

English is scheduled to be the first syllabus to be assessed under the new system.

However, continued industrial action by teachers who are members of the ASTI trade union means the new assessment method may not be implemented for all students.