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Higher Education: Qualification

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) which 10 universities awarded the highest number of first-class degrees as a proportion of entrants in 2007; (178125)

(2) in which 10 subjects the highest proportion of grades awarded to undergraduates were firsts in 2007.

The latest available information is given in the tables. Figures for 2007/08 will be available in January 2009.

(1) Top 10 higher education institutions that awarded the highest proportion of firsts is as follows:

Number and proportion1 of first degree graduates awarded first class degrees, English higher education institutions, academic year 2006/07

Of which: those awarded firsts

Institution

Number of Graduates

Number

Percentage

Royal Academy of Music

85

30

38

Royal College of Music

95

30

33

University of Cambridge

3,005

880

29

Royal Veterinary College

70

20

28

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

1,790

480

27

University of Oxford

3,115

810

26

University of Bath

1,835

440

24

Conservatoire for Dance and Drama

200

45

22

Royal Northern College of Music

85

20

22

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

120

25

22

(2) Top 10 subjects with highest proportion of firsts is as follows:

Number and proportion1 of first degree graduates awarded first class degrees, English higher education institutions, academic year 2006/07

Of which: those awarded firsts

Subject

Number of Graduates

Number

Percentage

Veterinary science

35

10

30

Mathematical sciences

4,750

1,375

29

Engineering and technology

15,295

3,175

21

Medicine and dentistry

1,225

245

20

Physical sciences

9,975

1,955

20

Computer science

13,375

1,945

15

Subjects allied to medicine

21,540

2,935

14

Languages

16,580

2,240

14

Historical and philosophical studies

13,055

1,755

13

Agriculture and related subjects

1,720

225

13

1 Based on students whose degree was given a classification. Certain qualifications obtained at first degree level are not subject to classification of the award, notably medical and general degrees. These, together with ordinary degrees have been excluded from the calculation.

Note:

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).