To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many students are in the final year of a science degree in the current year; what proportion that figure is of the total number of students in their final year; and what is his best estimate of the total number of students over the next three years.
In 1986–87 it is estimated that there were 24,200 final year full-time and sandwich students in Great Britain on science first-degree courses, 21 per cent. of all final year first-degree students.Projections of fiscal year students are not available. The total number of science graduates, including those from part-time courses, in Great Britain in 1985–86 was 24,800, 21 per cent. of all first-degree graduates, and is projected to increase to 25,800, 26,800 and 26,100 in 1986–87, 1987–88 and 1988–89 respectively.