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Higher Education: Admissions

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of successful undergraduate university applicants from (a) the UK, (b) EU member states other than the UK and (c) non-EU states were accepted for a science, technology, engineering or mathematics course in each year since 2002. (232268)

The latest information is shown in the following table. Figures for the 2008 year of entry will be available in January 2009.

The figures are taken from data collected by the Universities and Colleges Admission 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.

Accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses by subject group and home domicile 2002 to 2007

Year of Entry

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

UK acceptances (number)

331,725

333,942

334,295

360,244

345,564

364,544

STEM1 (percentage)

38.5

38.2

37.7

37.5

37.9

37.4

Non-STEM (percentage)

61.5

61.8

62.3

62.5

62.1

62.6

EU acceptances (number)

11,992

12,572

15,452

17,247

18,280

20,661

STEM1 (percentage)

39.7

40.5

39.7

37.5

39.2

38.8

Non-STEM (percentage)

60.3

59.5

60.3

62.5

60.8

61.2

NON-EU acceptances (number)

24,398

27,793

27,797

27,878

27,046

28,225

STEM1 percentage)

43.5

42.3

43.6

43.0

42.3

42.0

Non-STEM (percentage)

56.5

57.7

56.4

57.0

57.7

58.0

1 STEM subjects include Combined Science courses.

Source:

UCAS