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INTERESTING FACTS
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Social sciences and humanities are very broad – within these disciplines, you can study many different subjects from school to university in the UK, and you will find many degree programmes that combine two or more subjects.

• UK universities top global rankings in the arts and humanities (QS World University Rankings), and four UK universities are in the top six overall.
• The UK government supports the arts and humanities through the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which each year offers about 700 new research awards and 1,500 postgraduate awards worth more than £60 million, in subjects including literature, languages, archaeology and philosophy.
• The Economic & Social Research Council, meanwhile, has an annual budget of around £203 million and supports more than 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students every year.
• For communications and media students, the UK has ‘the largest creative sector in Europe… and one of its most advanced digital TV and radio markets’ (CBI). Broadcasters such as the BBC and the UK’s newspaper, magazine and book publishers are globally renowned.
• The UK is a world leader in digital research collections and archives, and students can access these huge online archives for free. Over 100 collections cover centuries of social development. Find out more here.
• Students in the UK have access to diverse art galleries, libraries, museums and cultural institutions – whether you’re in a small town or a big city. Most colleges and universities have world-class libraries on campus.
• History and archaeology students also benefit from the UK’s rich history and unique sites such as Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria and the Roman amphitheatre in Chester. Despite its small size, the UK has 28 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
• Organisations such as the British Library, the British Academy, the British Museum and the Museum of London (which houses the largest archaeological archive in the world) are dedicated to the study and preservation of art, society and culture, and offer extensive resources for students.
(source: http://www.educationuk.org/global/articles/social-sciences-and-humanities-in-the-uk/)

253,450 students
in Sciences for 2014


163,500 students
in Social Science for 2014

34,910 students
in Maths for 2014

Maths
Mathematical competency in higher education. During the last 20 years, concern has been expressed about the inadequacy of the mathematical skills possessed by undergraduates. Assuming this observation to be accurate, there are two possible explanations.
The demand for new undergraduates with mathematical skills has outstripped the supply. This is undoubtedly the case. The supply of 125,000 students with level 3 mathematics is much the same as it was 30 years ago. However, in that time there has been a massive expansion in higher education, and many subjects have become more mathematical. The mismatch between supply and demand makes it inevitable that many university lecturers are critical of the mathematical competence of their new undergraduates.
There are those who claim that standards have fallen. It is the case that there have been reductions in content of both GCSE and A-level mathematics, and it is also the case that more high grades are now awarded. Consequently, it is hard to argue that the standard represented by a particular grade in one of these qualifications has not fallen; that, however, is not the same thing as the standard of mathematics attained by particular students. On this we have no evidence.
(source: http://www.acme-uk.org/media/7624/acme_theme_a_final%20%282%29.pdf)