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S5W-10156: Johann Lamont (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the drop-out rate has been for Art and Design courses at Scottish universities in each year since 2011.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 27 July 2017



There are numerous reasons why students will not appear in the ‘retention rate’ highlighted above, which include moving into other positive destinations such as work or other form of study.

The most recent Learning for All was published in August 2016, and is available on the SFC website:

Source: SFC Learning for All: Measures of Success 2014-15 (HESA Data), Table 32 (online version)






Creative Arts and Design





Retention Rates for Scottish-Domiciled Full-Time First Degree Entrants 2011-12 to 2014-15

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) publishes retention rates in their publication “Learning for all: Measures of Success”, which is defined as full-time first-degree entrants who are continuing into the next year or who qualified at the same HEI. The retention rates show retention from the previous year, i.e. 2011-12 shows those who entered in 2010-11. The retention rates for Creative Arts and Design courses at Scottish HEIs since 2011 are shown in the following table: