Winners and losers in student applications, 2007-12

Demand for subjects such as English and history has fallen while applications to more job-oriented degree courses have climbed, an analysis by HSBC suggests

September 5, 2013

Source: Analysis by HSBC based on Ucas application data, 2007-12

Click image to enlarge

The number of applications to vocational courses rose by 26 per cent between 2007 and 2012, says the study of Ucas data. Demand for subjects allied to medicine increased most (93 per cent), likely in part because of the recent introduction of a degree-entry requirement for nursing. Engineering, education and business rose by more than 9 per cent.

Meanwhile, non-vocational demand rose by just 6 per cent, with applications to history, philosophy, English and languages falling.

elizabeth.gibney@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

question marks PhD study

Selecting the right doctorate is crucial for success. Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O'Gorman share top 10 tips on how to pick a PhD

India, UK, flag

Sir Keith Burnett reflects on what he learned about international students while in India with the UK prime minister

Pencil lying on open diary

Requesting a log of daily activity means that trust between the institution and the scholar has broken down, says Toby Miller

Application for graduate job
Universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2016
Construction workers erecting barriers

Directly linking non-EU recruitment to award levels in teaching assessment has also been under consideration, sources suggest