Stem and languages specialists ‘more likely to go to top universities’

The TES is reporting research that suggests A level students focusing on Stem subjects or languages are more likely to go to Russell Group universities.

And the study finds that students who specialised in “applied” or “expressive” subjects – such as accounting, law, music and performing arts – were more likely to go on to study at less prestigious newer universities.

The research finds that 47 per cent of students who specialised in Stem subjects at A level went on to study for undergraduate degrees at Russell Group universities in 2011/12.

Only 7.1 per cent of the Stem specialists went on to study at newer universities in the Million+ group.

By contrast, only a minority of those studying applied or expressive subjects – 8.5 per cent of each group – went to a Russell Group institution.

More than 61 per cent of languages specialists went on to Russell Group universities, the analysis of data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency finds...

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Presumably at least one factor in the situation for those studying languages is that traditional universities have large numbers of places for language students but overall numbers taking the subjects are falling.

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