Thursday, 24 October 2013

Questions (114)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

114. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the numbers of students who entered university degree courses in science in 2007 and 2008; the number that continued to second and subsequent years of study; the numbers of those students who were conferred with science degrees; the number of those that did not progress from year to year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45494/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I have been informed by the Higher Education Authority that in 2007/08 there were 2376 new entrants to Science Honours Bachelor Degree courses in the 7 Universities. 11% of these new entrants did not progress from 1st year in 2007 to second year in 2008. The data for completion is not yet available but the completion rate for Honours Bachelor Degree science courses in the 7 Universities for the 2006/07 new entrants is approximately 76%. The most recent report by the HEA on retention and progression, entitled 'A Study of Progression in Higher Education', is available on the HEA website, www.hea.ie.