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Education Welfare Officers' Conference

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she plans to visit the Education Welfare Officers' conference at Sheffield on 15th April; and if she will make a statement.

I was very glad to be able to accept an invitation from the Education Welfare Officers' National Association to address its conference at Sheffield, and I look forward to meeting the members of the association there.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will publish a table to demonstrate the rates of growth in the public and university sector of students studying for first degrees, for HNDs, for HNCs and for other advanced courses over the period 1965 to 1975, indicating the relative proportions studying technological courses, other science courses, social science, and arts courses.

Following are the numbers of full-time and part-time students on such courses in 1965–66 and in 1975–76. The corresponding figures for the intervening years may be obtained from published volumes of "Statistics of Education" copies of which are available in the Library.

Universities in Great Britain

Grant aided major establishments of further education in England and Wales, excluding former colleges of education

Subject of course

First degree


First degree



Other advanced courses

Total advanced courses

Engineering and Technology:
Other science including medicine:
Social Science:‡
Arts, including Language:
Engineering and Technology:
Other science including Medicine:
Social Science:‡
Arts, including Language:

* For 1965–66 the figures relate to all full-time and sandwich students at undergraduate level. 4,750 of these students were not studying for a first degree. In addition there were 2,839 part-time students in 1965–66 and 2,118 in 1975–76.

† Includes architecture, planning and other vocational studies.
‡ Includes the former diploma in art and design with 10,345 students.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will publish a table to show the proportions entering degree courses in engineering, science, social and business studies, arts and medicine with two As and with three Cs at GCE A level.

The precise information requested is not available, but the following table gives some indication of the GCE A level qualifications at entry

Entrants with 3 or more A-levelsEstimated total number of entrants with 2 A-levels
Percentage in score groups*Estimated total number
Engineering and technology2034461006,5001,900
Other Science25354010013,9004,000
Social Science†15434210017,3006,600
Arts, including languages29462510012,8003,300
* The method of scoring A-level grades is described in the UCCA Statistical Supplement to the 13th Report 1974–75, p. 13. Briefly, scores are derived from grade A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1.
† Includes architecture, planning and other vocational studies.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many applications have currently been made for degree courses in the various areas of engineering and technology, mathematics, physics and chemistry; and what relationship these bear to applications in 1976.

SubjectAt 15th February 1977At 15th February 1976Final count 1976
Engineering and technology22,65420,08720,848
Details of the number of applicants for degree courses in further education establishments are not available centrally.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many universities and polytechnics in England and Wales are at present wholly or partly illegally occupied by students.

My Department does not collect this information; student discipline is a matter for the institutions themselves.