HC Deb 15 February 1966 vol 724 cc221-2W
Mr. Charles Morrison

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the percentages of university students in England and Wales who fail their courses in the arts and science faculties, respectively, in the first, second and third year, respectively, distinguishing between men and women students.

Mr. Prentice

The latest available information is in Appendix 2A of the Robbins Report on Higher Education, and relates to those who fail to complete their course for any reason. Of undergraduates entering in 1957, 11.9 per cent. in arts, 14.7 per cent. in science and 20.8 per cent. in technology failed to complete the course; in arts, 50 per cent. of these were first year students, 24 per cent. second year and 26 per cent. third or fourth year, including failures in the final examinations; in science the corresponding percentages were 43, 31 and 26 and in technology 50, 30 and 20. Men and women are not shown separately.