Greater numbers of first-time students are graduating with a first-class honours degree, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

Their statistics for 2016/17 showed that 26% of students doing their first undergraduate degree emerged with a first at the end, up from 24% in 2015/16.

This was one of a number of statistics released by HESA as a preview to the full report on students in higher education next month. Other statistics released early include an increase of 2% in the overall number of students, while the numbers of students from China and the European Union both rose by 7% on the previous year.

More students are choosing to do subjects like biological science and social studies, while less students are coming to university for degrees like medicine, dentistry and education.

The rest of the data in HESA’s ‘Students in Higher Education 2016/17’ report will be released on Thursday February 8.



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