HEFCE introduces first ever measure of vocational degrees

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OSCR uses the idea that a subject is vocational if it leads to employment in a small number of occupations.

Using information from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey on the number of graduates from a subject area who are employed in a narrow set of occupations, an OSCR has been calculated for all subjects with more than 25 graduates between 2012-13 and 2015-16.

This measure finds that 10 per cent of degree subjects are highly vocational, including subjects such as medicine, dentistry and nursing. A further 10 per cent are found to be fairly vocational, including civil…

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