University tuition fees could drop from £ 9,250 to £ 7,500 per year
University tuition fees could drop from £ 9,250 to £ 7,500 per year, but arts and humanities courses could be phased out
- Tuition could be reduced from £ 9,250 to a maximum of £ 7,500 in science drive
- Science degrees to be complemented by additional government funding sparking fears
- Some universities have already planned to stop teaching history and languages
Tuition fees could be cut from £ 9,250 to a high of £ 7,500, but critics fear the arts and humanities will disappear from universities.
According to a government consultation due to start next month, ministers aim to transfer more students to science, technology, health care and technical courses.
Science degrees would be complemented by additional government funding that could lead to the removal of subjects such as languages, philosophy, theology, history and the creative arts from universities, reports the Times.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told the Conservative Home website that the number of people already taking science and engineering degrees
Aston University is already considering closing its history and languages department. (Aston University Residence)
London South Bank plans to stop teaching history and human geography, Aston University is already planning to close its history and languages department, and Hull University is cutting foreign language courses.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told the Conservative Home website that the number of people already taking science and engineering degrees shows that many are “ starting to move away from dead-end courses that leave nothing but debts to young people ”.
The move comes amid growing concern in the Treasury that the current student loan program is unaffordable.
Peers have warned it will cost around £ 1 trillion by 2040, with nearly 83% of loans never being paid in full.
Data shows that salaries for arts graduates from bachelor’s degree courses can earn as little as £ 12,000 a year.
The reason most degrees never get paid in full is because graduates don’t earn enough until they reach the threshold of £ 27,295 per year to start repayments.