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Higher And Further Education

Volume 403: debated on Monday 10 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students were in higher education in each year since 1980. [94709]

The latest available information is given in the table.

Higher Education1Students in Great Britain
YearPostgraduateUndergraduateTotal2
1980–61101,400699,800801,200
1981–82102,600728,900831,500
1982–83100,000749,600849,700
1983–84103,400767,900871,300
1984–85107,300774,500881,700
1985–86114,200795,100909,300
1986–87121,200823,800945,000
1987–88125,600842,300968,000
1988–89134,500869,1001,003,600
1989–90145,700920,9001,066,700
1990–91163,600982,4001,146,100
1991–92188,9001,079,0001,267,900
1992–93213,1001,195,7001,408,800
1993–94236,9001,304,4001,541,300
1994–95297,0001,400,8001,697,800

We welcome the increase in numbers. We now need to build on this as we look to make Foundation Degrees the standard two year qualification at this level.