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Dyslexia

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students diagnosed with (a) dyslexia, (b) dyspraxia and (c) dyslexia/dyspraxia and who received (i) one to 11 and (ii) 12 or more hours of learning support per academic term were awarded each level of degree qualification in the last five years. (296447)

Information on higher education students who are diagnosed with dyspraxia or who are in receipt of learning support is not held centrally.

The numbers of first degree qualifiers who were recorded as having dyslexia in the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record are provided in the table as an alternative. This information is self-reported: therefore a student may choose not to share information about his/her disability.

Figures for the 2008/09 academic year will be available from HESA in January 2010.

UK domicile first degree qualifiers1 with dyslexia2 by degree classification UK higher education institutions academic years 2003/04 to 2007/08

Degree classification

Academic year

First class honours

Upper second class honours

Lower second class honours

Third class honours/pass

Unclassified

2003/04

700

3,855

3,215

680

455

2004/05

890

4,525

3,600

755

515

2005/06

1,055

5,105

3,895

865

585

2006/07

1,210

5,770

4,335

1,020

755

2007/083

1,545

6,615

4,795

1,195

705

1 Covers qualifiers from full-time and part-time courses.

2 Dyslexia is part of the HESA Student Record field ‘Disability’ which records the type of disability that a student has, on the basis of the student's own self-assessment.

3 Figures for 2007/08 refer to the category ‘A specific learning difficulty e.g. dyslexia’ in the ‘Disability’ field and are not directly comparable to previous years

Note:

Figures in the table are rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)