Video Games: Degrees

Department for Education written question – answered on 9th November 2022.

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Photo of John Nicolson John Nicolson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students have graduated with a degree in video games in each year since 2010.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Minister of State (Education)

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects and publishes statistics on enrolments and qualifications obtained at UK higher education institutions. Latest statistics refer to the 2020/21 academic year.

The tables below show the numbers of first-degree qualifiers in computer games subjects between the 2012/13 and 2020/21 academic years. Counts are on the basis of full-person equivalents and figures have been rounded to the nearest five.

Information on the number of qualifiers in these subjects has been available since the introduction of the third version of the Joint Academic Coding System (JACS3) in 2012/13. Figures cannot be provided for any year prior to that. Information for 2019/20 and 2020/21 is provided in a separate table, due to the introduction of a new subject classification system, the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS). Figures for 2019/20 and 2020/21 are not directly comparable with previous years.

Qualifiers in games subjects (JACS3) include games, computer games programming, computer game design, and computer games graphics. Qualifiers in games subjects (HECoS) include computer games, computer games design, computer games graphics, and computer games programming.

Academic years 2012/13 to 2018/19

Academic Year

Number of qualifiers in computer games subjects (JACS3)

2012/13

595

2013/14

625

2014/15

690

2015/16

900

2016/17

1,290

2017/18

1,265

2018/19

1,380

Academic year 2019/20 to 2020/21

Academic Year

Number of qualifiers in computer games subjects (HECoS)

2019/20

2,510

2020/21

2,460

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