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Classics and Classical Studies statistics across Scottish schools: FOI release

Published: 3 Jun 2021

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
3 Jun 2021
Classics and Classical Studies statistics across Scottish schools: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100200154
Date received: 10 May 2021
Date responded: 1 Jun 2021
Information requested

1. In the last academic year (2020-2021), how many Scottish state school pupils attended Scottish universities to study:
a. Classics
b. Classical Studies

2. In the last academic year (2020-2021), how many Scottish independent school pupils attended Scottish universities to study:
a. Classics
b. Classical Studies

3. In the last academic year (2020-2021), how many Scottish state school pupils sat Higher examinations in:
a. Classical Studies
b. Latin

4. In the last academic year (2020-2021), how many Scottish independent school pupils sat Higher examinations in:
a. Classical Studies
b. Latin

5. In the last academic year (2020-2021), how many Scottish independent school pupils sat A-Level examinations in:
a. Classical Civilisation
b. Latin
c. Classical Greek

Response

Please find the latest data that we have with regards to Scottish students studying classics and classical studies at Scottish universities. (Questions 1 & 2)

Scottish domiciled full-time undergraduate students enrolled at Scottish
HEI's 2019/20
  State School Independent School Total
Classical Studies 45 80 135
Classics 45 90 145

Source: HESA Student data, SG Analysis

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 5. Total includes those where previous institution type unknown.

Classics where CAH03 = "CAH19-03-09" as based on the HECOS. More information on HECOS is available; www.hesa.ac.uk/collection/c19051/derived/xcah03.

Please find the latest data that we have with regards to how many Scottish state school pupils sat Higher examinations. (Question 3)

Higher entries, publicly funded schools in Scotland, 2015-2020.

Higher entries
  Classical Studies Latin
2015 230 110
2016 223 123
2017 286 101
2018 259 74
2019 296 94
2020 287 85

Source: SG analysis of SQA data

Unfortunately we don’t hold data on the qualifications studied by independent school pupils. However, SQA publish ‘Attainment Statistics by Education Authority National Qualifications’ (halfway down this page: SQA Statistical qualification reports 2020 - SQA) which includes figures for independent schools. It shows that, in 2019/20, there were 164 entries to Higher Classical Studies and 181 entries to Higher Latin amongst pupils at independent schools.

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