Arts students getting 60% less "value for money" from their degrees.
Are you an arts student? Well, Voucherbox.co.uk have released a study that shows you’re paying around three times as much per hour than those studying sciences.
All UK students at the same university pay the same amount per year, but what can differ massively between subjects are the number of contact hours each student receives.
The research reveals that those who study an arts degree (History, English Literature, Theatre etc.) are paying over 3 times as much per hour as a student specialising in a Science subject.
A biology student will have on average of 22 contact hours per week while a history student will have on average of 8 hours per week. As a result, a history or literature student will pay £38.50 per contact hour of university tuition, while a biology student will pay £18.10 per hour – that seems pretty crazy to us.
A degree in nursing is by far the best “value for money” degree on the list, receiving 26 contact hours per week, which means that a nursing student in the UK will pay £8.63 per hour while a language student will be paying on average £27.50 per hour.
Here’s an infographic showing the value a BSc student is getting for their money:
And here’s one for the Arts:
With university fees tripling in 2012 and being increased by £250 this year, students will now be left with around £27,750 of tuition fee debt after their degree.
These findings show that although the arts are often the most appealing subject to students, a degree in science will actually be of much better value. A history student should think twice about skipping that Monday morning seminar – it could cost you close to £50.
Students are definitely noticing this discrepancy since the tuition fees price hike:
Lmao went into uni for two hours today and that's my entire week of contact hours done, what am I even paying for— scabby abi (@hxrrop) September 27, 2016
I have 5 contact hours for English and I definitely feel like I'm getting my ££££ worth 😎— Ellie (@elliekelly_) September 26, 2016
Paying 9k a year for 5 contact hours a week :) :) cool— Sarah Nevard (@sarah_nevard) September 26, 2016
What do you think? Are you getting good value for money with your degree?