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By Lyle Walker | March 22, 2018 08:51:00As the number of girls entering university in hot topic subjects continues to increase, the amount of work required to be qualified is on the rise.

According to new figures, the number applying to study in the subject jumped to almost a quarter of the number enrolled in the same subject in the 2014-15 academic year.

The report, from the National Centre for School Performance, found that there were almost 6,500 students enrolled in hot subjects in the 2015-16 academic year, up by a quarter compared to the previous academic year and almost 40 per cent more than the year before.

The figures also show that the proportion of students enrolled, and the proportion working in hot areas, has been on the increase, although there is no comparable data for the last three years.

More girls are taking up hot topics in secondary schools in the UK, according to the new figures.

More girls applying for the subjects are taking it up now than ever before, says Lyle Hunter, senior research associate at the centre.

There is no comparator for hot topics at university level, he says.

The figures are based on a survey of more than 1,000 university students across the country.

A further 7,000 students aged 16 to 20 were surveyed in 2014-2015, according the report.

While more girls were applying to university subjects, a greater proportion were working in the hot topic areas, with more than three quarters working in schools in hot subject areas.

“It is a problem for girls who are interested in pursuing a career in the subjects, because the subjects tend to be more popular,” Mr Hunter says. 

“The higher the concentration of girls studying in hot-topic subjects, the more girls may be involved in hot issues, and then the more likely they are to get jobs in hot issue industries.”

A high concentration of hot topic students in universities in the United Kingdom is a good thing, says Dr Rebecca Kiley, an occupational health specialist at the School of Health Sciences and Humanities at the University of Auckland.

It is one reason why girls are interested and successful in subjects like sociology and criminology, she says.

“The more girls who take hot topics courses and apply to study, the better, and they can get jobs that might otherwise be hard to find in other subjects,” she says, referring to hot topics such as music, dance and theatre.

Mr Hunter says there is a lack of understanding of how to work with hot topic graduates.

Hot topic is a relatively new subject, so it is not easy to measure, he adds.

Teachers and other employers are struggling to find the time to prepare students for the subject, and hot topic is also difficult for students to learn in a classroom setting.

Young women are struggling because they are not confident they can find a job in the profession, he explains.

However, there are plenty of examples of hot topics graduates who have gone on to work in the industry.

The National Council for the Study of Women in Education and Science (NCSWES) found that nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of the women who were working as academics at university had been hot topic candidates, while more than a third (36 per cent). 

“This means that hot topic women are being recruited into academia by the universities, rather than being given the opportunity to work at other universities,” says Dr Kiley.

Ms Hunter says the majority of hot-subject graduates go on to become academics.

In the UK there are currently more than 6,000 hot topic applicants, with almost 2,000 of them in secondary school, the report says.

The majority of applications are for subjects in secondary education, with the rest going to higher education and further learning, or into jobs in other occupations. 

It is also not uncommon for hot topic employers to offer full-time positions in hot area industries.