Fewer history applicants is no cause for concern, minister believes (UK)

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The higher education minister commented on the reduction in the number of university applicants in subjects such as history and classics as not ‘necessarily a bad thing.’ Bill Rammell stated yesterday: ‘There is some evidence that students are choosing subjects they believe will be more vocationally beneficial to them.’ Ucas, the universities admissions service, revealed that there were 3.4% fewer students applying for higher education courses this autumn. The drop of 13,000 students is the first for eight years and comes at a time when university fees are to be increased. The number of students applying for history fell by 7.8% as did those opting for classics, by 8.5%.

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