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EDITIONS
Wednesday, 28 August, 2002, 16:14 GMT 17:14 UK
Design students in the ascendancy
media studies students
Media studies continue soaring in popularity
The most popular degree subjects in the UK this year are design studies.

Design studies include:
graphic design
typography
multimedia design
visual communication
illustration
clothing/fashion design
textile design
industrial/product design
interior design
furniture design
ceramics design
interactive and electronic design

Just over 12,000 students have had their applications to study courses in associated subjects accepted.

Law comes second, followed closely by computer science, with psychology in fourth slot.

The biggest rise in popularity has been for academic studies in education. The biggest casualties have been cinematics and photography.

Some caution is needed in looking at the year-on-year changes because the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas), which compiles the interim figures, is using a different way of coding courses this year.

But it has attempted to put last year's figures onto the same grid to provide comparisons.

On that basis, design studies have gone up in popularity by 10% in a year, law by slightly less than that and psychology by slightly more.

Education-related courses boom

Law would be top overall in terms of popularity, with 13,736 acceptances, but is split between two different course categories.

The biggest increases this year have been in academic studies in education, up more than 23% to 2,288 acceptances.

Media studies have gone up almost 21% to 3,235 - continuing in popularity with students, who know such courses have a good record in leading straight into employment.

And there have been big increases for mixed subjects such as social sciences or business with arts.

Nursing and pre-clinical medicine are also up more than 13%.

Going down

Of those falling out of favour, cinematics and photography are down by almost 12%; medical, biological or agricultural science combinations by more than 10%.

Maths, which saw a big fall at A-level this year, is down by almost 6% to 3,418 - to the alarm of employers as well as university maths departments.

More people are going to be studying fine art than maths.

Biology is down marginally but chemistry is up 2.5% and physics, 12.4%.

Growing sector

And overall the gainers outweigh the losers, with an increase of 5.2% across all subjects in what is an expanding higher education sector.

By Wednesday morning, the number of people who had accepted places on full-time, undergraduate courses at UK universities and colleges was 313,231, an increase of 11,899 on the same time last year.

With more degree courses on offer, and better than ever A-level results, the numbers of people finding places through Clearing is down on last year by 5.25%, to 12,815.

And HND courses are in steep decline - down 14% to just 16,525.

National differences

The figures showing where students are going, in national terms, also show some striking changes.

The numbers of English students going to Scotland is down just over 10%, to 3,497.

The number of students coming to the UK from countries outside the European Union is up almost a fifth, to 19,063.

  • Ucas issues provisional statistics regularly up to the final figures in October.


    The table below shows the number of acceptances for different course codes. Those below 1,999 for any course are lumped together and added to the total for "All subjects".

    Subject area
    2002
    change from 2001
    Design studies
    12,092
    10.0%
    Law by area
    11,415
    9.2%
    Computer science
    11,208
    1.7%
    Psychology
    10,377
    10.3%
    Management studies
    9,830
    -1.1%
    Business studies
    8,887
    -1.4%
    English studies
    7,831
    6.5%
    Pre-clinical medicine
    6,705
    13.2%
    History by period
    6,457
    12.9%
    Social science or business with arts
    6,397
    18.2%
    Languages with humanities or arts
    6,287
    11.8%
    Training teachers
    5,984
    0.3%
    Electronic and electrical engineering
    5,660
    0.4%
    Sports science
    5,505
    9.8%
    Science with social science or business
    4,987
    8.5%
    Economics
    4,735
    2.6%
    Med or biol or agric science with arts
    4,473
    11.2%
    Accounting
    4,289
    2.5%
    Biology
    4,276
    -0.9%
    Drama
    4,127
    9.9%
    Information systems
    3,963
    -5.5%
    Others in subjects allied to medicine
    3,845
    7.4%
    Sociology
    3,770
    4.6%
    Fine art
    3,723
    3.4%
    Nursing
    3,563
    13.8%
    Mathematics
    3,418
    -5.9%
    Mechanical engineering
    3,313
    4.1%
    Humanities with arts
    3,297
    15.3%
    Media studies
    3,235
    20.9%
    Social science combinations
    3,115
    3.2%
    Physical & terrestrial geog & env sci
    3,101
    9.3%
    Phys or math science with social science
    3,101
    -4.0%
    Music
    3,029
    10.7%
    Anatomy, physiology and pathology
    2,987
    7.4%
    Politics
    2,936
    14.3%
    Social science with business
    2,876
    -1.1%
    Social science or business with languages
    2,809
    0.0%
    Chemistry
    2,736
    2.5%
    Physics
    2,718
    12.4%
    Human and social geography
    2,709
    0.5%
    Cinematics and photography
    2,659
    -11.8%
    Pharmacology, toxicology and pharmacy
    2,618
    4.0%
    Med, biol or agric science combinations
    2,538
    -10.3%
    Architecture
    2,464
    7.8%
    Marketing
    2,409
    4.4%
    Economics, politics and human geography combinations
    2,321
    7.6%
    Law: any area of study
    2,321
    7.6%
    Combinations of three subjects
    2,294
    -9.4%
    Academic studies in education
    2,288
    23.2%
    Phys or math science with languages or arts
    2,116
    -1.9%
    Civil engineering
    1,999
    5.2%
    All subjects
    296,703
    5.2%

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