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Science: Higher Education

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils from the maintained sector applied to study (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c) biochemistry, (d) psychology and (e) sports sciences at (i) a Russell Group university and (ii) other universities in each of the last five years. (138117)

The available information is shown in the table. The figures are taken from data collected by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) which are limited to students who apply to full-time undergraduate courses via the UCAS application system. The figures do not therefore cover part-time students, nor those full-time students who apply directly to Higher Education Institutions.

Applications from1 UK domiciled pupils at maintained2 sector Institutions to Russell Group and non-Russell Group3 Institutions in the UK by subject of study year of entry 2002 to 2006

Year of Entry

Applications for :

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Physics

at Russell Group Institutions

7,096

7,069

6,439

7,028

7,664

Non-Russell Group Institutions3

5,746

5,929

5,024

5,765

5,681

Total

72,842

72,998

11,463

72,793

73,345

Chemistry

at Russell Group Institutions

5,621

5,641

5,762

7,149

7,813

Non-Russell Group Institutions3

7,302

6,898

7,361

7,153

7,353

Total

72,923

72,539

73,723

74,302

75,766

MolecularBiology, Biophysics and Biochemistry4

at Russell Group Institutions

4,823

4,711

4,465

4,658

4,109

Non-Russell Group Institutions3

3,758

3,810

3,987

4,197

4,039

Total

8,587

8,527

8,452

8,855

8,748

Psychology

at Russell Group Institutions

15,392

16,641

15,535

15,540

14,937

Non-Russell Group Institutions3

39,898

45,181

44,170

49,562

48,490

Total

55,290

67,822

59,705

65,702

63,427

Sports Science

at Russell Group Institutions

843

1,441

1,404

1,497

1,434

Non-Russell Group Institutions3

29,795

32,367

32,542

36,174

39,626

Total

30,638

33,808

33,946

37,677

47,060

1 Applicants to UCAS can submit up to six applications, in this table students have been counted once for each application they submit.

2 Maintained sector institutions are Comprehensive Schools, Further/Higher Education Institutions, Grammar Schools, Sixth Form Centres, Sixth Form Colleges, Other Maintained Institutions and Other Institutions.

3 Includes all other HE and FE institutions covered by the UCAS application system, other than Russell-Group institutions.

4 Subject figures for Biochemistry can only be displayed as the overall group Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry.

Source:

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)