UCAS data reveal drop in male and female student numbers

Fewer students choosing landscape or garden design

Data published by UCAS on the numbers of students accepted into higher education subject groups over recent years, reveals a small drop in the number of men and women studying landscape and garden design in the UK, with 110 men and 75 women having accepted places in 2014, compared with 115 men and 95 women the year before.

This seems to follow a gradual falling off in student numbers since 2010, when 160 men and 135 women chose to study a higher education subject in the landscape and garden design category.

Architecture appears to be following a similar trend, although the numbers are much higher: 2,290 men and 1,930 women accepted places to study architecture in 2014, some 115 individuals fewer than the year before, and around 130 or so fewer overall than those taking up places at the turn of the decade.

The data reports on people accepted to full-time undergraduate courses (mainly degrees) at UK universities and colleges.

Staff at the University of Sheffield believe a fall in applications since 2010 for its landscape architecture undergraduate courses could be a result of ‘the enhanced fee regime, an ABB grade cap and a drop in the number of 18-year-olds in the market’.

The real problem in the UK, according to Emma Shaw, head of Sheffield’s undergraduate recruitment, is that not many young people apply to do landscape architecture.

‘Careers advisers and the public at large seem to see landscape architecture as a lesser discipline to architecture, which is very much heavily in demand,’ she says.

‘Landscape architecture has a rather low public-media profile. It's not a very personality led discipline (in the UK) which is charmingly egalitarian but makes image building and marketing more difficult in getting our message across to young people and their parents about to invest £9,000-plus a year.’

Sheffield will be appointing a marketing officer, purely for its Department of Landscape, Shaw adds, and then a full time researcher later in the year. ‘Their main roles will be to focus on the problems I have alluded to to increase the size and quality of the pool of applicants. We hope to work with the LI on this once these staff are in post.’

UCAS has also published applicant and acceptance numbers for UK universities and colleges by many other measures. Click here for more details. 


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