From the HESA statistics and reported on the gov.scot website:
‘The number of people studying education at a Scottish university has increased by 10% in a year, according to statistics published today. Latest figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency for 2016-17 show an extra 1,335 students enrolled in courses to study education – the largest percentage increase of all subject areas and contrasting with a decline of 3% across the whole of the UK. Science-based subjects also saw a 3% rise in student numbers – with an extra 3,800 people enrolled in courses and outpacing the rate of increase across the rest of the UK. In particular, the number of students taking a computer science course in Scotland rose by 9% compared to 2015-16.’
Over the 10-year period of SNP administration, the number of Scots starting full-time degree courses has gone up 12%.
The increases in education and science are particularly welcome to help Scotland maintain its already superior ratio of teachers to pupils. The teacher education numbers are, of course, controlled by Scottish government funding. See: