Understanding why students choose not to study chemistry
The Royal Society of Chemistry would like to understand better the reasons why students taking post-16 qualifications in chemistry do not apply to study chemistry at university.
We are concerned about the decline in applications to study chemistry at universities in the UK over the past few years. Indications are that this trend is continuing in 2017. Understanding the reasons behind students' choices will help us decide how best to respond, and encourage more students to consider taking a degree in chemistry.
We are grateful for any information you can provide in response to the following questions. If you are able to discuss these questions with colleagues to provide a more complete picture, this would be very helpful.