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Mature Students

Volume 226: debated on Wednesday 16 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many mature students entered into full-time or part-time education in Wales for each year since 1979; and if he will make a statement.

The numbers of mature students who commenced full or part-time courses at maintained and grant-aided further and higher education colleges in Wales and at the University of Wales each year since 1981 are shown in the following table. Comprehensive information for earlier years is not available.

Mature students1 entered first year of course2
Year3Full-time4Part-time5
19815,50016,400
19825,40016,900
19835,20019,600
19845,20019,700
19855,50021,100
19865,80024,000
19875,80026,700
19885,90030,300
19896,90035,500
19907,90037,400
199110,60040,400
1992not yet available
1 Students aged 21 or over at at 31 August preceding the academic year except in the case of postgraduates where the age taken is 25 or over.
2 All courses regardless of level and including those of a recreational nature.
3 Student count at December for University of Wales, November for other colleges.
4 Includes sandwich students.
5 Includes part-time day, block release, evening only and open/distance learning.

Sources:

Further Education Student Record and Universities' Statistical Record.