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(b) The standard measure of non-completion is the proportion of UK-domiciled full-time first degree starters of all ages who are projected to neither obtain an award nor transfer to another institution. The available information for higher education institutions in the UK and England are shown in Table 2. This figure is not disaggregated below national level.

Table 2: Proportion of full-time first degree starters who were projected to neither gain an award nor transfer to another institution UK and English Higher education institutions—academic years 1997/98 to 2005/06
Percentage

UK England

1997/98

15.7

15.8

1998/99

15.8

15.9

1999/2000

15.8

15.8

2000/01

15.0

15.0

2001/02

14.1

13.8

2002/03

14.4

13.9

2003/04

14.9

14.4

2004/05

14.2

13.8

2005/06

14.1

13.9

Note:
The projected outcomes for a cohort are based on the assumption that their patterns of progression will follow those of students currently in the system. A student is assumed to have left with no award if they have been inactive for two years.
Source:
Performance Indicators in Higher Education, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

Higher Education: Student Wastage

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1000-01W, on student wastage, if he will place in the Library a copy of Table 3, broken down by course subject. [219517]

Bill Rammell: Non-continuation rates broken down by both institution and degree subject are not available.
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Non-continuation rates broken down by subject are only available for the UK. The non-continuation rate is the proportion of entrants to full-time first degree
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courses who are no longer in higher education after one year of study. The rates for young entrants are shown in Table 1, and rates for mature entrants in Table 2.

Table 1: Proportion of young entrants to full-time first degree courses who are no longer in higher education after one year of study by degree subject. UK Higher Education Institutions—academic years 1999/2000 to 2005/06
Percentage
Degree subject 1999/2000 2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06

Medicine, dentistry and veterinary science

2.0

2.0

2.4

1.8

2.0

1.9

1.6

Subjects allied to medicine

6.3

6.0

5.9

6.4

7.7

6.8

6.5

Biological sciences(1)

(8)

(8)

(8)

(8)

7.3

6.8

6.7

Physical sciences(1)

(8)6.9

(8)6.0

(8)6.1

(8)7.1

6.1

6.0

7.8

Agriculture and related subjects

6.8

7.0

11.4

7.5

8.3

8.0

5.7

Mathematical sciences(2)

(9)

(9)

(9)

(9)

5.5

5.3

4.8

Computer sciences(2)

(9)9.8

(9)8.0

(9)8.4

(9)9.4

10.3

10.3

10.5

Engineering and technology

10.1

9.0

8.9

10.0

10.1

9.1

8.5

Architecture, building, planning

9.6

8.0

10.2

11.1

10.0

8.3

7.6

Social studies(3)

(10)

(10)

(10)

(10)

7.2

6.9

7.0

Law(3)

(10)6.9

(10)6.0

(10)6.4

(10)7.0

6.2

5.5

5.9

Librarianship, information sciences(4)

(11)

(11)

(11)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Business and administrative studies(4,5)

(11)6.9

(11)8.0

(11)8.2

(12)

8.8

8.2

8.4

Mass communications and documentation(5)

n/a

n/a

n/a

(12)8.8

8.5

8.6

8.5

Humanities(6)

(13)

(13)

(13)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Languages(6,7)

(13)5.9

(13)5.0

(13)5.7

(14)

6.3

5.7

5.8

Historical and philosophical studies(7)

n/a

n/a

n/a

(14)6.3

5.9

5.0

5.1

Creative arts and design

8.7

8.0

8.3

8.2

8.4

8.1

8.0

Education

8.6

8.0

8.1

8.0

7.5

7.6

7.3

Combined subjects

8.8

8.0

8.2

14.3

13.5

14.3

13.8

All subjects

7.8

7.0

7.3

7.8

7.7

7.2

7.1

n/a = Not applicable.
(1) One figure was provided for Biological and Physical Sciences until 2003/04.
(2) One figure was provided for Mathematical and Computer Sciences until 2003/04.
(3) One figure was provided for Social Studies and Law until 2003/04.
(4) One figure was provided for Librarianship, information sciences and Business and administrative studies until 2002/03.
(5) One figure was provided for Business and administrative studies and Mass communications and documentation in 2002/03.
(6) One figure was provided for Languages and Humanities until 2002/03.
(7) One figure was provided for Languages and Historical and Philosophical Studies in 2002/03.
Notes:
1. Figures for 2000/01 are only available to the nearest integer.
2. There is a break in the time series between academic years 2001/02 and 2002/03 because the subjects’ JACS coding was changed in 2002/03.
Source:
Performance indicators in Higher Education, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)


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Table 2: Proportion of mature entrants to full-time first degree courses who are no longer in higher education after one year of study by degree subject. UK Higher Education Institutions—academic years 1999/2000 to 2005/06
Percentage
Degree subject 1999/2000 2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06

Medicine, dentistry and veterinary science

2.0

3.0

3.1

2.9

2.8

2.8

4.0

Subjects allied to medicine

12.0

10.0

11.2

11.8

12.5

11.4

11.3

Biological sciences(1)

(8)

(8)

(8)

(8)

17.5

16.2

16.2

Physical sciences(1)

(8)17.0

(8)15.0

(8)18.0

(8)17.7

12.3

11.0

15.2

Agriculture and related subjects

16.0

13.0

18.0

14.5

16.8

17.0

16.0

Mathematical sciences(2)

(9)

(9)

(9)

(9)

18.7

16.4

18.2

Computer sciences(2)

(9)20.0

(9)18.0

(9)18.4

(9)20.3

19.0

18.9

19.3

Engineering and technology

20.0

19.0

16.9

19.7

21.3

18.9

19.0

Architecture, building, planning

17.0

17.0

16.9

15.9

17.2

14.2

14.4

Social studies(3)

(10)

(10)

(10)

(10)

14.3

13.7

13.1

Law(3)

(10)15.0

(10)15.0

(10)14.8

(10)15.4

17.7

16.7

18.3

Librarianship, information sciences(4)

(11)

(11)

(11)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Business and administrative studies(4,5)

(11)17.0

(11)16.0

(11)16.8

(12)

19.2

17.4

17.0

Mass communications and documentation(5)

n/a

n/a

n/a

(12)18.0

16.7

17.8

16.5

Humanities(6)

(13)

(13)

(13)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Languages(6,7)

(13)16.0

(13)14.0

(13)14.8

(14)

15.7

15.3

14.8

Historical and philosophical studies(7)

n/a

n/a

n/a

(14)15.6

15.8

14.4

14.4

Creative arts and design

13.0

12.0

13.0

12.1

14.4

12.8

13.3

Education

12.0

11.0

10.2

10.1

11.8

11.0

10.1

Combined subjects

19.0

18.0

18.2

23.2

19.9

23.9

21.2

All subjects

16.0

14.0

14.9

15.4

15.6

14.4

14.3

n/a = Not applicable.
(1) One figure was provided for Biological and Physical Sciences until 2003/04.
(2) One figure was provided for Mathematical and Computer Sciences until 2003/04.
(3) One figure was provided for Social Studies and Law until 2003/04.
(4) One figure was provided for Librarianship, information sciences and Business and administrative studies until 2002/03.
(5) One figure was provided for Business and administrative studies and Mass communications and documentation in 2002/03.
(6) One figure was provided for Languages and Humanities until 2002/03.
(7) One figure was provided for Languages and Historical and Philosophical Studies in 2002/03.
Notes:
1. Figures for 1999/2000 and 2000/01 are only available to the nearest integer.
2. There is a break in the time series between academic years 2001/02 and 2002/03 because the subjects’ JACS coding was 2002/03.
Source:
Performance Indicators in Higher Education, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

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