Press Release 181 - HE Statistics for the UK 2010/11

 

RELEASE:

09:30 hours
Thursday 20
September 2012

HE Statistics for the UK publication

Higher Education Statistics for the UK 2010/11

HESA publication released today


The HESA publication Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2010/11 is released today. The National Statistics publication provides the official overview of the UK’s higher education sector in 2010/11 and is available as a paper volume or downloadable publication. The publication contains data from HESA, the Student Loans Company, OECD, UCAS and the Labour Force Survey. Commentary, summary tables and charts are provided in a free online introduction.

Qualifications

The graph and table below show the trends in HE qualifications obtained by male and female qualifiers in each subject. The total number of HE qualifications obtained at UK HEIs has risen 17.1% over the five years 2006/07 to 2010/11. The number of qualifications obtained in science subjects increased by 14.0% over that period. The subject area with both the greatest number of qualifiers, and the greatest increase over five years, was Business & administrative studies.

In 2006/07 female qualifiers outnumbered male qualifiers by a ratio of 14:10. In 2010/11 the difference had reduced slightly to 13:10. Male qualifiers outnumbered female qualifiers in six subject areas: Physical sciences, Maths, Computer science, Engineering, Architecture and Business studies. In the thirteen other subject areas female qualifiers outnumbered males, with the greatest imbalance in Subjects allied to medicine (mostly nursing) and Education.

Female qualifiers outnumber male in all but 6 subject areas


The table below shows the numbers of qualifiers in 2006/07 and 2010/11 which are the basis for the chart above.

Qualifications obtained by subject area and gender 2006/07 and 2010/11
  2006/07 2010/11  
Subject Area Female Male Total Female Male Total % change
Medicine & dentistry 8085 5875 13960 10145 7190 17335 24.2%
Subjects allied to medicine 70165 14195 84360 66695 16495 83190 -1.4%
Biological sciences 27900 15105 43005 33210 19795 53000 23.2%
Veterinary science 575 265 840 820 250 1075 27.7%
Agriculture & related subjects 2915 1835 4750 3860 2370 6235 31.3%
Physical sciences 9370 11840 21205 10840 15055 25895 22.1%
Mathematical sciences 3405 5375 8780 4445 6415 10860 23.7%
Computer science 6465 24805 31270 5860 25265 31125 -0.5%
Engineering & technology 6320 32305 38620 8315 41230 49550 28.3%
Architecture, building & planning 5610 11335 16940 7270 15190 22460 32.6%
   Total Science 140810 122925 263735 151465 149260 300725 14.0%
Social studies 37710 22705 60415 44920 26305 71225 17.9%
Law 18135 12200 30340 19080 13295 32380 6.7%
Business & administrative studies 49130 48545 97680 64445 66825 131270 34.4%
Mass communications & documentation 9240 6065 15305 11125 7855 18980 24.0%
Languages 22070 9370 31440 25035 11390 36430 15.9%
Historical & philosophical studies 13845 11405 25250 14110 12720 26830 6.3%
Creative arts & design 28555 18040 46595 35905 22300 58205 24.9%
Education 54035 18220 72255 60335 19725 80060 10.8%
Combined 4770 3275 8050 3870 2565 6435 -20.1%
All Subjects 378295 272760 651060 430295 332245 762540 17.1%
Source: HESA Student record 2006/07 and 2010/11
See Annex below for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland figures

Publication

Higher Education Statistics for the UK is a National Statistics product which serves as a quick reference guide to high-level data on all aspects of higher education in the UK. A full introduction including commentary, summary tables and charts, is provided online. The introduction provides an overview of the key trends in higher education over the last five years.

Higher Education Statistics for the UK contains 39 main tables including:

  • Student, Staff, Finance and Destinations data from HESA,
  • Applications and admissions data from UCAS,
  • Data from the Student Loans Company on student support provision,
  • Information on participation and graduate rates for 30 countries sourced from the OECD,
  • Data from the Labour Source Survey on qualification rates over time.

Higher Education Statistics for the UK is available as a printed book or an electronic download. Both formats can be ordered online from http://www.hesa.ac.uk/publications/heukstats


Notes for Editors

  1. Press enquiries should be directed to:

    Simon Kemp
    HESA Press Officer
    01242 211120
    pressoffice@hesa.ac.uk

  2. In the above data 0, 1, 2 are rounded to 0. All other numbers are rounded up or down to the nearest multiple of 5. Percentages are calculated on un-rounded numbers.

  3. HESA appreciates the collaboration of all the bodies that have made data available for the volume, and in particular that of our colleagues in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Welsh Assembly Government, Scottish Government and the Department for Employment and Learning (Northern Ireland) with whom we have worked closely in preparing it, in accordance with the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority .

  4. Data for 2006/07 is based on the standard registration population used since 2007/08 which excludes students on sabbatical and students who are writing-up. The data for this year will therefore not perfectly match the data previously published in earlier editions of Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom.

  5. The data tables above relate to all UK HE institutions. Figures for the individual nations of the UK are available below [England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland].

  6. Definitions of the terms used in this press release can be found here: www.hesa.ac.uk/content/view/1902

  7. HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties.

Ends

Annex - equivalent tables for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

England

Qualifications obtained at HEIs in England by subject area and gender 2006/07 and 2010/11
  2006/07 2010/11  
Subject Area Female Male Total Female Male Total % change
Medicine & dentistry 6295 4605 10900 8050 5695 13750 26.1%
Subjects allied to medicine 58665 12225 70890 56155 14110 70265 -0.9%
Biological sciences 22725 12325 35050 27620 16365 43990 25.5%
Veterinary science 425 190 615 635 185 820 33.4%
Agriculture & related subjects 2415 1460 3875 3260 1835 5100 31.6%
Physical sciences 7625 9690 17310 8805 12275 21080 21.8%
Mathematical sciences 2840 4690 7530 3845 5755 9595 27.5%
Computer science 5440 20760 26205 4885 21340 26225 0.1%
Engineering & technology 5375 26000 31375 6995 33640 40630 29.5%
Architecture, building & planning 4455 9010 13465 5785 12390 18170 34.9%
   Total Science 116260 100955 217215 126035 123590 249625 14.9%
Social studies 32360 19690 52050 39160 23145 62305 19.7%
Law 15160 10230 25390 15885 10980 26865 5.8%
Business & administrative studies 40325 40455 80780 53255 54400 107655 33.3%
Mass communications & documentation 7780 5270 13050 9650 6955 16610 27.3%
Languages 18810 8120 26930 21415 9905 31315 16.3%
Historical & philosophical studies 11575 9485 21060 11690 10470 22160 5.2%
Creative arts & design 25215 15890 41105 31870 19640 51515 25.3%
Education 45185 14960 60150 52735 16925 69665 15.8%
Combined 3695 2585 6280 3430 2310 5740 -8.6%
All Subjects 316365 227645 544010 365130 278320 643450 18.3%
Source: HESA Student record 2006/07 and 2010/11

Wales

Qualifications obtained at HEIs in Wales by subject area and gender 2006/07 and 2010/11
  2006/07 2010/11  
Subject Area Female Male Total Female Male Total % change
Medicine & dentistry 650 585 1235 860 610 1470 19.0%
Subjects allied to medicine 2645 475 3120 2645 640 3290 5.3%
Biological sciences 1745 1045 2790 2030 1505 3535 26.8%
Veterinary science 0 0 0 0 0 0 ..
Agriculture & related subjects 195 130 325 230 195 425 31.6%
Physical sciences 565 685 1250 610 915 1530 22.1%
Mathematical sciences 105 125 230 150 165 315 37.0%
Computer science 215 995 1210 205 1165 1370 13.2%
Engineering & technology 195 1940 2135 305 2390 2690 26.2%
Architecture, building & planning 280 495 775 350 655 1005 29.8%
   Total Science 6595 6470 13070 7380 8240 15625 19.6%
Social studies 1455 875 2330 1740 930 2670 14.5%
Law 990 635 1620 1060 695 1755 8.2%
Business & administrative studies 2675 2925 5595 3815 5910 9725 73.7%
Mass communications & documentation 670 330 1000 700 415 1110 11.1%
Languages 1235 425 1660 1325 495 1820 9.5%
Historical & philosophical studies 940 810 1750 920 980 1900 8.8%
Creative arts & design 1300 1015 2310 1695 1225 2920 26.4%
Education 2760 1010 3770 3050 1185 4235 12.4%
Combined 610 360 975 100 70 170 -82.5%
All Subjects 19230 14850 34080 21790 20140 41935 23.0%
Source: HESA Student record 2006/07 and 2010/11

Scotland

Qualifications obtained at HEIs in Scotland by subject area and gender 2006/07 and 2010/11
  2006/07 2010/11  
Subject Area Female Male Total Female Male Total % change
Medicine & dentistry 935 545 1485 970 685 1655 11.6%
Subjects allied to medicine 6365 1155 7520 5605 1370 6980 -7.2%
Biological sciences 2795 1465 4255 3055 1695 4750 11.5%
Veterinary science 155 70 225 190 65 255 12.2%
Agriculture & related subjects 220 220 440 255 290 545 23.5%
Physical sciences 970 1245 2215 1190 1615 2805 26.6%
Mathematical sciences 385 505 890 400 475 875 -1.9%
Computer science 625 2550 3175 605 2355 2960 -6.7%
Engineering & technology 620 3790 4410 845 4535 5385 22.1%
Architecture, building & planning 665 1400 2065 885 1705 2590 25.5%
   Total Science 13735 12950 26685 14000 14790 28790 7.9%
Social studies 2960 1725 4685 3040 1755 4795 2.4%
Law 1610 1085 2695 1690 1340 3030 12.5%
Business & administrative studies 5065 4440 9505 5775 5370 11145 17.2%
Mass communications & documentation 655 385 1040 570 380 950 -8.6%
Languages 1585 645 2235 1840 840 2680 20.0%
Historical & philosophical studies 1110 900 2010 1300 1045 2345 16.5%
Creative arts & design 1620 915 2535 2000 1215 3215 26.8%
Education 4705 1645 6350 3515 1230 4745 -25.3%
Combined 465 330 795 320 185 505 -36.6%
All Subjects 33510 25020 58530 34050 28150 62200 6.3%
Source: HESA Student record 2006/07 and 2010/11

Northern Ireland

Qualifications obtained at HEIs in Northern Ireland by subject area and gender 2006/07 and 2010/11
  2006/07 2010/11  
Subject Area Female Male Total Female Male Total % change
Medicine & dentistry 205 135 345 265 195 460 34.7%
Subjects allied to medicine 2485 335 2820 2285 375 2660 -5.7%
Biological sciences 640 270 910 505 230 730 -19.7%
Veterinary science 0 0 0 0 0 0 ..
Agriculture & related subjects 85 25 110 115 45 165 51.8%
Physical sciences 215 215 430 235 250 485 13.0%
Mathematical sciences 70 60 130 55 20 75 -42.8%
Computer science 185 500 680 165 405 570 -16.4%
Engineering & technology 130 575 705 170 670 840 19.8%
Architecture, building & planning 205 435 640 250 445 695 8.5%
   Total Science 4215 2550 6770 4045 2640 6685 -1.2%
Social studies 930 415 1345 980 475 1455 8.2%
Law 380 250 630 445 285 730 15.4%
Business & administrative studies 1070 725 1795 1600 1145 2750 53.0%
Mass communications & documentation 135 80 215 210 105 310 46.1%
Languages 440 175 615 455 155 615 -0.5%
Historical & philosophical studies 215 215 430 200 230 425 -1.3%
Creative arts & design 415 225 640 340 220 560 -13.1%
Education 1380 610 1990 1035 380 1415 -28.9%
Combined 0 0 0 15 5 20 ..
All Subjects 9190 5245 14435 9325 5635 14960 3.6%
Source: HESA Student record 2006/07 and 2010/11