§ Mr. Marlow
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the numbers and percentages that have left university and polytechnics without completing their courses within (a) the first 12 months of the course and (b) the second 12 months, by university and polytechnic and in total for each of the last five years.
§ Dr. Boyson
Information for the polytechnics is not readily available. The information in the following table is in respect of leavers from full-time and sandwich courses at undergraduate level in universities in Great Britain. The percentages are of the total number of new entrants to these courses in the relevant year.115W
Great Britain Universities—Leavers without completing course Year of leaving Leavers in first 12 months Leavers in second 12 months Number As percentage of entry Number As percentage of entry 1979 5,377 7 2,062 3 1978 5,355 7 2,107 3 1977 4,975 6 1,843 3 1976 5,098 7 1,779 3 1975 5,207 7 1,841 3