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Individual Degree Subjects to Be Rated

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Degree courses are set to be rated for quality, subject by subject under a scheme ministers say leave universities "no place to hide".

Each subject will be granted gold, silver or bronze by a new tool feeding in official data on teaching quality.

However, students won't be able to use the new rankings until 2020 when the tool is due to go live.

The new rankings are part of the government's plan to get tough on universities as the question of value for money looms over the sector.

Universities Minister Sam Gyimah, said: "Prospective students deserve to know which courses deliver great teaching and great outcomes - and which ones are lagging behind."

"In the age of the student, universities will no longer be able to hide if their teaching quality is not up to the world-class standard that we expect."

A total of 50 universities will pilot the scheme, which builds on the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) ranking system for universities overall.

A government consultation on how the new framework will operate is due to be launched and will last 10 weeks.

Commenting on the scheme a spokesman for Universities UK said: "TEF will stand or fall by whether it can provide accurate and meaningful information to inform student choice."

"The assessment of subjects needs to be effective and not overly burdensome."