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Degrees

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many (a) animation and (b) design students have graduated with an honours degree from a university in England in each year since 1997; (310612)

(2) how many (a) art, (b) mathematics, (c) video games, (d) computer science and (e) IT students have graduated with an honours degree from a university in England in each year since 1997.

The latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) are shown in the table. Comparable figures prior to 2002/03 are not available due to changes in the coding of subject of study. Figures for the 2009/10 academic year will be available in January 2011.

The level of detail of individual subjects is not consistently recorded by institutions. Subject of study is only required at the subject line level (i.e. Computer Science), though some institutions choose to record subjects at a lower level (i.e. Multimedia Computer Science). As such, the figures may undercount the numbers studying “Multimedia Computer Science”, as some institutions may have chosen to code as “Computer Science”. The same applied for “Animation Techniques”, as some institutions may have chosen to record the subject line level of “Cinematics and Photography”.

First degree qualifiers by subject of study English higher education institutions academic years 2002/03 to 2008/09

Academic year

Animation Techniques

Design Studies

Fine Art

Mathematics

Computer Science

of which: Multimedia Computing Science

2002/03

90

10,640

3,310

3,730

11,610

520

2003/04

130

10,945

3,265

3,970

12,025

845

2004/05

215

11,490

3,300

3,805

11,210

1,080

2005/06

295

11,820

3,285

4,060

10,335

1,220

2006/07

320

11,920

3,345

4,295

9,320

1,320

2007/08

385

12,450

3,720

4,485

8,450

1,420

2008/09

440

12,095

3,505

4,710

8,115

1,260

Note:

Figures are based on a qualifications obtained population and have been rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).