Record Numbers Choose to Study Computer Science
Russell, Ben, The Independent (London, England)
THE RISE in the popularity of some vocational subjects is continuing, according to the final figures for university entry published yesterday.
A record 14,600 students signed up for computer science courses in October after a leap of nearly 2,000 applicants, the biggest increase over the 1998 figures.
Government efforts to increase the nation's supply of nurses were also rewarded, with a rise of 24 per cent in students accepted on to nursing degree courses. Recruitment to study diplomas in nursing and midwifery were also up, by 18 per cent.
Figures compiled by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) were also cause for cheer for education ministers, with recruitment to primary teacher training up 4.6 per cent.
But the statistics, which show the final enrolment on to degree and diploma courses starting in the autumn, also provided evidence of the continued decline of science and engineering. The numbers enrolling to study mechanical engineering fell by 9.1 per cent while recruitment to general engineering was down nearly 7 per cent.
Overall, the number of people gaining places at university and college was up 1.5 per cent on 1998, although the number of applications was marginally down.
Tony Higgins, the Ucas chief executive, said: "The rise in new students is largely due …
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