These are the degree subjects which have the highest drop-out rates
Meanwhile ‘Mickey Mouse’ degrees could be scrapped
Computer sciences and business and administrative studies are among the degree subjects with the highest drop-out rates; with around nine per cent of students dropping out by their second year.
This comes as universities will today be told they “require improvement” by the Office for Students (OfS) if they do not tackle high drop-out rates and improve poor-quality courses.
The student watchdog have already warned that “Mickey Mouse” degrees could be scrapped or lose their funding – basically ones that don’t succeed in getting graduates professional jobs.
The OfS will be setting minimum thresholds for student outcomes, such as how many students complete their degree and what jobs they get. The consultation concludes in March and the new requirements are expected to be in place by the summer.
These are the degree subjects with the highest drop-out rates:
Computer sciences – 9.2 per cent
Business & administrative studies – 8.6 per cent
Mass communications & documentation – 7.6 per cent
Creative arts & design – 7.6 per cent
Subjects allied to medicine – 7.5 per cent
Combined subjects – 7.2 per cent
Agriculture & related subjects – 7.0 per cent
Engineering & technology – 7.0 per cent
Architecture, building & planning – 6.9 per cent
Biological sciences – 6.8 per cent
Education – 6.6 per cent
Social studies – 5.8 per cent
Law – 5.8 per cent
Physical sciences – 4.7 per cent
Mathematical sciences – 4.7 per cent
Languages – 4.3 per cent
Historical & philosophical studies – 4.3 per cent
Medicine & dentistry and veterinary science – 1.4 per cent
Percentage is calculated by entrants to full-time first degree courses who did not continue into their second year, by subject. Source: HESA.
Lord Wharton, chairman of the OfS, wrote in The Times: “We need to protect [students] from poor courses which offer few real benefits. They invest significant amounts of time and money in their studies and should be sure that, if they work hard, they will earn a qualification of value which stands the test of time.”