HC Deb 20 May 1981 vol 5 cc114-5W
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.

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