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55% drop out rate on dd's preferred uni course!

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Scabbersley Tue 01-May-18 14:35:19

DD has finally settled on a degree choice and is excited about open days etc etc. She's looking at quite a vocational degree. I was looking at a few of the colleges/unis that she likes and her preferred one has a 55% drop out rate shock Is this normal?!

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endofacentury Tue 01-May-18 15:15:24

What's the course?

BubblesBuddy Tue 01-May-18 15:28:45

No. It is very very high! What is the course?

starsandstuff Tue 01-May-18 15:31:13

I think if it's a vocational degree it's normal for high drop-outs as peoolevresluse it's not really their vocation. When I started my MA (also quite vocational) there were 22 on the course, and only 4 of us graduated. If it's what she really wants and she's dedicated then she might be one of the 45 smile

Scabbersley Tue 01-May-18 17:13:14

Sports science

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EventNotInData Tue 01-May-18 17:14:40

Hmm. What’s the drop out rate for that course at other institutions?

Scabbersley Tue 01-May-18 17:20:15

Nowhere near that. Im sure it can't be right. It's not Russell group but it's a good institution with great facilities and gold in the teaching framework. We liked it when we we t to see it.

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Fflamingo Tue 01-May-18 17:20:37

DD did these many moons ago , it included subjects like statistics and law that might put people off if it's still the case.

BubblesBuddy Tue 01-May-18 17:51:05

It may be “science” bit. Some students possibly expect all day sport. I wonder if the course director can give you a greater insight? Are they recruiting unsuitable students who then find it tough?

eatyourveg Tue 01-May-18 18:06:57

ds is doing sport and exercise science (just finishing first year) and when we looked around at non RG places none of them had such a high drop out rate. I would be very wary. I think lots of people don't realise quite how much science is required and some courses involve an awful lot of maths so look carefully at the course content. I would steer clear even if it claims to have the best facilities in the land. When we did the rounds of open days there was one particular institution which boasted about its use of national facilities and various links in the industry but when ds asked the students who were showing him around more about it, he discovered that the opportunities were not available until the 3rd year and then only if you picked a particular module. Beware the hard sell.

Scabbersley Tue 01-May-18 18:24:37

Nowhere else has such a high drop out rate, even places at the absolute bottom of the league tables. I wonder if its a mistake!!

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LIZS Tue 01-May-18 18:31:24

Agree the science/maths element may often be underestimated. Does it traditionally take clearing and lower grade students, who may find the step up in level hard or assessment more formal than they are used to. Does the uni overall have good student satisfaction scores and low drop out?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 01-May-18 18:35:53

Get your DD to fire an email to the university and ask them?

SooChef Tue 01-May-18 18:42:49

What careers are open to people with this degree?

Scabbersley Tue 01-May-18 19:30:12

Sports coaching soochef grin
Also sports teaching if you do a ogce after
Sports therapy
Sports psychology
Sports business management
Quite a lot actually

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Scabbersley Tue 01-May-18 19:31:03

Yes she's emailed them so I'll let you know
Yes good student satisfaction scores

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leghoul Tue 01-May-18 19:31:48

That can't possibly be the right %

UnimaginativeUsername Tue 01-May-18 19:34:09

Are you sure it’s not 5.5%?

Scabbersley Tue 01-May-18 19:35:20

Unless they only have 2 students on the course to start with grin

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EventNotInData Tue 01-May-18 19:40:16

Slightly off-topic, I do wish when careers guidance listed “these are the jobs you could do with this degree” they stated “and this is the number of people currently employed in those jobs vs the number of people graduating with that degree”. Actually there’s a really good Sunday Times supplement to be written there for someone who’s prepared to put in the grunt work.

UnimaginativeUsername Tue 01-May-18 19:43:43

If only 2 people started and the drop out rate was 55%, something dreadful has happened to the remaining student.

Wallywobbles Tue 01-May-18 19:51:42

@UnimaginativeUsername and it's probably not helping with the sports part.

MissEliza Tue 01-May-18 20:07:00

Yes Event. The way the information is presented is misleading.

Scabbersley Tue 01-May-18 20:23:11

UnimaginativeUsername ha ha!

There's no need to be snippy about jobs - there are plenty of jobs in sport out there. I'd say it's more useful than English lit (me) and geography (dh)

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Scabbersley Tue 01-May-18 20:24:24

Dd wants to be a sports coach. She does it already in a lowly capacity and she's great at it. Or a sports teacher.

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