Universities: First Degrees

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay Shadow Minister, Treasury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 2 February (WA 72–74), excluding the new universities created following the Further and Higher Education Act 1992:

(a) how many first degrees were awarded in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in 1998 and 2003; and

(b) what were these figures expressed as a percentage of the total number of degrees awarded in 1998 and 2003.

Photo of Baroness Ashton of Upholland Baroness Ashton of Upholland Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare), Department for Education and Skills, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare), Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare) (also Department for Education and Science), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills) (Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare) (also Department for Work and Pensions)

The available information is given in the table.

Undergraduate degrees awarded by UK pre-92 universities
Country Year Total degrees awarded Total First Class Hons Degree % First Class Hons Degree
England 1998 90,544 9,548 10.5
2003 99,372 13,946 14.0
Wales 1998 5,377 398 7.4
2003 8,668 886 10.2
Scotland 1998 15,364 1,326 8.6
2003 15,560 1,573 10.1
Northern Ireland 1998 6,500 518 8.0
2003 6,596 613 9.3

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency

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