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Statistics Publication Notice: Lifelong Learning Series: Higher Education Students and Qualifiers at Scottish Institutions 2009-10

Statistical information on students and qualifiers from higher education courses at Scottish institutions.


Table 10c. Students in higher education in Scottish HEIs and colleges by subject: 2000-01 to 2009-10

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

% change
over last year

% change
since 2000-01

Total

260,940

269,635

264,575

269,120

270,260

273,050

279,560

272,625

279,615

287,565

2.8

10.2

Medical Studies

Subjects allied to Medicine

25,745

28,595

29,810

31,405

32,275

33,015

32,485

33,200

33,680

33,610

-0.2

30.5

Medicine and Dentistry

6,035

6,125

6,345

6,655

6,745

6,690

6,905

6,905

7,165

7,305

2.0

21.0

Total

31,780

34,720

36,155

38,060

39,020

39,710

39,390

40,105

40,840

40,915

0.2

28.7

Science and Engineering

Agriculture & related subjects

2,170

2,010

1,850

1,895

1,870

1,835

1,695

1,765

1,740

1,860

6.9

-14.3

Architecture, building and planning

7,765

7,570

7,820

8,020

8,045

8,230

8,895

9,130

9,435

9,120

-3.3

17.5

Biological Sciences

11,840

12,260

14,605

16,680

16,630

16,800

17,695

17,425

17,925

19,320

7.8

63.2

Engineering and Technology

21,895

22,530

21,270

21,040

20,840

20,055

21,305

21,300

22,940

24,150

5.3

10.3

Computer Science

15,785

15,760

16,555

16,240

14,885

14,810

14,675

12,330

12,625

13,285

5.2

-15.8

Mathematical Sciences

2,305

2,960

2,840

3,535

3,835

3,455

3,630

3,665

3,605

3,840

6.5

66.6

Physical Sciences

6,915

6,420

7,290

7,625

8,060

8,775

9,535

10,220

10,285

10,835

5.3

56.7

Veterinary Science

1,395

1,470

1,205

1,495

1,480

1,500

1,610

1,550

1,585

1,655

4.4

18.6

Total

70,065

70,980

73,435

76,530

75,640

75,455

79,045

77,385

80,100

84,065

5.0

20.0

Business and Social Studies

Business & Administrative studies

48,635

48,135

47,775

46,360

43,110

43,650

43,300

42,935

44,530

47,475

6.6

-2.4

Law

5,545

5,640

6,605

7,335

7,490

8,125

8,545

8,470

8,610

8,860

2.9

59.8

Mass Communication & documentation

4,325

4,365

4,790

4,860

4,605

4,225

4,050

3,860

3,815

3,975

4.2

-8.1

Social Studies

17,900

18,525

20,555

23,715

24,320

24,995

25,595

24,670

24,290

24,470

0.7

36.7

Total

76,405

76,670

79,730

82,265

79,525

80,995

81,490

79,935

81,250

84,785

4.4

11.0

Education and the Arts

Creative Arts & Design

12,510

13,550

14,795

15,600

15,740

16,505

16,745

16,985

17,220

18,320

6.4

46.4

Education

15,155

16,740

20,525

22,210

23,215

20,240

20,595

18,280

17,550

17,395

-0.9

14.8

Historical & Philosophical Studies

5,355

5,405

7,375

8,145

8,325

8,525

8,650

10,465

11,240

11,345

0.9

111.9

Languages

7,780

7,650

9,300

9,710

10,225

10,955

11,475

13,085

13,740

13,745

0.0

76.7

Total

40,800

43,345

52,000

55,665

57,505

56,225

57,465

58,815

59,750

60,805

1.8

49.0

Combined

41,890

43,920

23,260

16,600

18,570

20,665

22,170

16,390

17,630

16,995

-3.6

-59.4

supplementary subjects contained in the above categories

Economics and Politics

1,585

1,525

4,470

4,865

5,080

5,350

5,595

5,545

6,025

6,585

9.3

315.5

English

3,275

3,175

3,910

4,150

4,200

4,365

4,630

4,495

5,175

5,030

-2.8

53.6

Geography 1

1,500

1,400

2,795

3,135

3,175

3,305

3,285

2,755

2,670

2,855

6.9

90.3

Psychology

3,245

3,540

5,320

6,430

6,640

6,595

6,635

6,590

6,705

7,335

9.4

126.0

Sources: Higher Education Statistics Agency ( HESA) and Scottish Funding Council ( SFC).
The 'combined' subject grouping is used in recognition of programmes of study which cut across different subject areas.
1. Prior to 2007-08, Environmental Science was included under the heading Geography. In 2007-08 a new classification system was introduced ( JACS 2.0) and Environmental Science was no longer classified as Geography. The values associated with Geography for 2007-08 and 2008-09 do not therefore include Environmental science qualifiers.
Percentages have been calculated from rounded values.
Please also see relevant sections of ' Notes to Tables'.

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