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Females: Science

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many girls from maintained schools were accepted to study (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c) biochemistry, (d) psychology and (e) sports science at (i) a Russell Group university and (ii) other universities in each of the last five years; (142981)

(2) how many girls from maintained schools applied to study (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c) biochemistry, (d) psychology and (e) sports science at (i) a Russell Group university and (ii) other universities in each of the last five years;

(3) how many girls from (a) independent and (b) grammar schools applied to study (i) physics, (ii) chemistry, (iii) biochemistry, (iv) psychology and (v) sports science at (A) a Russell Group university and (B) other universities in each of the last five years;

(4) how many girls from (a) independent and (b) grammar schools were accepted to study (i) physics, (ii) chemistry, (iii) biochemistry, (iv) psychology and (v) sports science at (A) a Russell Group university and (B) other universities in each of the last five years.

The available information is shown in the following tables. 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.

Acceptances from female UK domiciled pupils to Russell Group and non-Russell Group2 institutions in the UK by subject of study and type of school3

Year of entry

Type of school

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

All maintained4 schools (including grammar schools)

Physics

at Russell Group Institutions

230

218

177

232

224

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

153

145

111

136

136

Total

383

363

288

368

360

Chemistry

At Russell Group Institutions

444

403

409

454

513

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

519

503

486

493

524

Total

963

906

895

947

7,037

Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry5

At Russell Group Institutions

435

393

374

401

337

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

295

308

335

372

369

Total

730

701

709

773

706

Psychology

At Russell Group Institutions

1,435

1,338

1,333

1,363

1,396

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

5,375

5,996

5,988

6,746

6,675

Total

6,870

7,334

7,321

8,109

8,071

Sports Science

At Russell Group Institutions

38

70

72

58

55

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

1,813

1,952

2,042

2,412

2,419

Total

1,851

2,022

2,114

2,470

2,474

Grammar schools

Physics

At Russell Group Institutions

41

49

31

39

44

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

18

23

9

13

10

Total

59

72

40

52

54

Chemistry

At Russell Group Institutions

58

56

62

73

72

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

36

40

33

40

41

Total

94

96

95

113

113

Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry5

At Russell Group Institutions

61

40

47

52

41

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

27

27

36

24

22

Total

88

67

83

76

63

Psychology

At Russell Group Institutions

235

185

222

231

207

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

314

383

382

445

357

Total

549

568

604

676

564

Sports Science

At Russell Group Institutions

1

7

9

11

8

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

52

76

83

94

67

Total

53

83

92

105

75

Independent schools

Physics

At Russell Group Institutions

77

64

55

48

59

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

26

19

15

22

18

Total

103

83

70

70

77

Chemistry

At Russell Group Institutions

83

101

87

111

108

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

44

36

36

57

60

Total

127

137

123

168

168

Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry5

At Russell Group Institutions

80

95

99

109

83

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

25

36

34

25

32

Total

105

131

133

134

115

Psychology

At Russell Group Institutions

260

329

315

288

283

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

386

394

398

420

373

Total

646

723

713

708

656

Sports Science

At Russell Group Institutions

12

17

18

25

20

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

107

98

125

150

137

Total

119

115

143

175

157

Applications1 from female UK domiciled pupils to Russell Group and non-Russell Group2 institutions in the UK by subject of study and type of school3

Year of entry

Type of school

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

All Maintained4 schools (including grammar schools)

Physics

At Russell Group Institutions

1,358

1,333

1,068

1,292

1,384

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

1,071

1,057

785

1,019

916

Total

2,429

2,390

1,853

2,377

2,300

Chemistry

At Russell Group Institutions

2,278

2,149

2,202

2,519

2,920

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

3,245

2,983

3,167

2,831

2,879

Total

5,523

5,732

5,369

5,350

5,799

Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry5

At Russell Group Institutions

2,707

2,459

2,388

2,353

2,166

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

2,132

2,014

2,226

2,285

2,123

Total

4,839

4,473

4,614

4,638

4,289

Psychology

At Russell Group Institutions

12,505

13,500

12,455

12,455

12,014

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

32,351

36,437

35,564

39,761

39,204

Total

44,856

49,937

48,019

52,276

57,278

Sports Science

At Russell Group Institutions

288

494

553

572

511

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

10,010

11,274

11,389

12,723

13,313

Total

70,298

11,768

11,942

73,295

73,824

Grammar schools

Physics

At Russell Group Institutions

231

283

193

235

253

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

147

186

98

125

112

Total

378

469

297

360

365

Chemistry

At Russell Group Institutions

362

367

367

440

473

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

210

257

279

284

275

Total

572

624

646

724

748

Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry5

At Russell Group Institutions

421

319

354

297

271

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

177

166

199

160

173

Total

598

485

553

457

444

Psychology

At Russell Group Institutions

1,455

1,569

1,546

1,688

1,374

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

2,348

2,443

2,411

2,751

2,371

Total

3,803

4,012

3,957

4,439

3,745

Sports Science

At Russell Group Institutions

9

39

54

52

29

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

348

481

515

549

470

Total

357

520

569

607

499

Independent schools

Physics

At Russell Group Institutions

444

400

320

322

347

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

215

201

151

147

186

Total

659

607

477

469

533

Chemistry

At Russell Group Institutions

509

545

487

623

653

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

269

315

310

334

337

Total

778

860

797

957

990

Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry5

At Russell Group Institutions

474

593

565

459

466

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

178

262

257

214

226

Total

652

855

822

673

692

Psychology

At Russell Group Institutions

2,114

2,626

2,318

2,164

1,888

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

2,610

2,846

2,712

2,917

2,578

Total

4,724

5,472

5,030

5,081

4,466

Sports Science

At Russell Group Institutions

45

84

99

138

116

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

701

634

825

936

824

Total

746

718

924

1,074

940

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

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

3 Excludes a small amount of students with an unknown school type.

4 Maintained sector institutions are comprehensive schools, further/higher education institutions, grammar schools, sixth form centres, sixth form colleges, other maintained institutions and other institutions.

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

Source:

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)