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Science: Higher Education

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many pupils 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; (142159)

(2) how many pupils from (a) grammar schools, (b) independent schools and (c) maintained schools with more than 14 per cent. pupils eligible for free school meals (i) applied and (ii) were accepted to study (A) physics, (B) chemistry, (C) biochemistry, (D) psychology and (E) sports science at (1) a Russell Group university and (2) other universities in each of the last five years.

The available information is shown in the 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.

UCAS do not hold details of the level of free school meal eligibility at each school.

Applications1 from 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 2002-06

Year of entry

Type of school

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

All Maintained4 Schools (including Grammar Schools)

Physics

at Russell Group Institutions

7,096

7,069

6,439

7,028

7,664

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

5,746

5,929

5,024

5,765

5,681

Total

12,842

12,998

11,463

12,793

13,345

Chemistry

at Russell Group Institutions

5,621

5,641

5,762

7,149

7,813

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

7,302

6,898

7,361

7,153

7,353

Total

12,923

12,539

13,123

14,302

15,166

Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry5

at Russell Group Institutions

4,823

4,711

4,465

4,658

4,109

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

3,758

3,810

3,987

4,197

4,039

Total

8,581

8,521

8,452

8,855

8,148

Psychology

at Russell Group Institutions

15,392

16,641

15,535

15,540

14,937

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

39,898

45,181

44,170

49,562

48,490

Total

55,290

61,822

59,705

65,102

63,427

Sports Science

at Russell Group Institutions

843

1,441

1,404

1,497

1,434

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

29,795

32,367

32,542

36,174

39,626

Total

30,638

33,808

33,946

37,671

41,060

Grammar Schools

Physics

at Russell Group Institutions

888

978

847

919

1,013

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

457

548

434

505

459

Total

1,345

1,526

1,281

1,424

1,472

Chemistry

at Russell Group Institutions

683

785

708

971

1,066

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

415

501

499

556

622

Total

1,098

1,286

1,207

1,527

1,688

Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry5

at Russell Group Institutions

798

603

701

611

527

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

310

273

365

321

312

Total

1,108

876

1,066

932

839

Psychology

at Russell Group Institutions

1,900

2,057

1,978

2,189

1,764

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

3,030

3,172

3,038

3,566

3,017

Total

4,930

5,229

5,016

5,755

4,781

Sports Science

at Russell Group Institutions

50

83

130

119

106

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

989

1,306

1,482

1,578

1,521

Total

1,039

1,389

1,612

1,697

1,627

Independent Schools

Physics

at Russell Group Institutions

1,558

1,607

1,449

1,408

1,439

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

698

882

719

708

703

Total

2,256

2,489

2,168

2,116

2,142

Chemistry

at Russell Group Institutions

1,452

1,365

1,345

1,557

1,651

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

727

748

817

834

871

Total

2,179

2,113

2,162

2,391

2,522

Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry5

at Russell Group Institutions

1,100

1,180

1,166

1,149

1,050

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

428

528

535

476

488

Total

1,528

1,708

1,701

1,625

1,538

Psychology

at Russell Group Institutions

2,984

3,480

3,242

2,891

2,461

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

3,582

3,934

3,899

3,929

3,461

Total

6,566

7,414

7,141

6,820

5,922

Sports Science

at Russell Group Institutions

130

192

252

299

268

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

2,148

2,113

2,449

2,576

2,353

Total

2,278

2,305

2,701

2,875

2,621

Acceptances from 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 2002-06

Year of entry

Type of school

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

All Maintained4 Schools (including Grammar Schools)

Physics

at Russell Group Institutions

1,272

1,238

1,130

1,221

1,283

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

868

842

749

829

865

Total

2,140

2,080

1,879

2,050

2,148

Chemistry

at Russell Group Institutions

1,061

998

1,048

1,272

1,315

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

1,148

1,130

1,157

1,229

1,301

Total

2,209

2,128

2,205

2,501

2,616

Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry5

at Russell Group Institutions

776

721

682

787

625

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

512

579

605

683

681

Total

1,288

1,300

1,287

1,470

1,306

Psychology

at Russell Group Institutions

1,717

1,599

1,596

1,655

1,679

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

6,533

7,339

7,291

8,249

8,206

Total

8,250

8,938

8,887

9,904

9,885

Sports Science

at Russell Group Institutions

112

148

171

164

140

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

5,172

5,605

5,746

6,715

7,065

Total

5,284

5,753

5,917

6,879

7,205

Grammar Schools

Physics

at Russell Group Institutions

176

184

149

154

185

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

53

68

56

72

49

Total

229

252

205

226

234

Chemistry

at Russell Group Institutions

122

124

114

166

167

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

64

76

66

86

92

Total

186

200

180

252

259

Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry5

at Russell Group Institutions

122

84

96

101

76

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

44

40

56

47

41

Total

166

124

152

148

117

Psychology

at Russell Group Institutions

289

230

276

291

252

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

403

497

464

565

458

Total

692

727

740

856

710

Sports Science

at Russell Group Institutions

9

9

25

17

15

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

152

212

223

247

222

Total

161

221

248

264

237

Independent Schools

Physics

at Russell Group Institutions

253

250

250

219

242

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

88

112

88

100

79

Total

341

362

338

319

321

Chemistry

at Russell Group Institutions

263

252

239

290

286

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

93

100

116

120

147

Total

356

352

355

410

433

Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry5

at Russell Group Institutions

190

190

199

221

178

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

48

72

71

56

66

Total

238

262

270

277

244

Psychology

at Russell Group Institutions

359

422

427

392

357

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

540

541

556

556

490

Total

899

963

983

948

847

Sports Science

at Russell Group Institutions

29

35

33

50

37

Non-Russell Group Institutions2

323

327

356

389

391

Total

352

362

389

439

428

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)