Slump of 12.1pc in Applications to Study Maths; EDUCATION: University Courses
APPLICATIONS to study maths at university, one of the subjects schools are most short of suitably qualified people to teach, slumped 12.1pc this year.
Another key subject for the future of the economy was similarly affected, as the number of people applying to do chemistry at university this year was down 2.6pc, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.
Overall, however, applications to enter higher education were up 3.9pc on the previous year, from 322,621 to 335,312. But applications from Wales showed the smallest rise, up 1.2pc. Applications from Scottish students showed the biggest rise among UK nations, up 8.8pc, compared with 2.7pc in the case of England and Northern Ireland.
This time, students had longer to make up their minds which subjects they wanted to study - the closing date for applications was moved back from December 15 to January 15.
Changes in the way courses are coded meant comparisons between this year and 2000 should not be attempted in the case of most subjects, UCAS warned.
However, maths course codes remained the same and application figures revealed a 12.1pc drop, which could impact in future on the number of trainee teachers in the subject, exacerbating current shortages. …