Royal Society Of Arts

February 10, 2012 by staff 

Royal Society Of Arts, Many institutions are “marginalising the mathematical content” of degree courses amid fears English students are incapable of the most basic sums, it emerged.

Researchers said many subjects – outside of full maths degrees – required good levels of numeracy, particularly those employing quantitative research methods.

This includes disciplines such as the social sciences, medicine and psychology.

But a report published today by the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) said some universities failed to “advertise the level of maths needed to comfortably study particular subjects for fear of hindering applications”.

Other academics are dropping parts of courses that demand good maths skills because school leavers cannot handle it, the study said, putting British universities at a disadvantage compared with those overseas.

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