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Completion Rates (University Degrees)

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many mature students have (a) applied for, (b) taken up, (c) dropped out of and (d) completed a degree course at universities in England in each academic year since 1997. [104704]

The latest available information from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) on applicants and acceptances to full-time undergraduate courses is shown in the table. UCAS does not cover students applying to part-time courses, the majority of whom are mature.Around three quarters of all mature students enter part-time courses. Information on completion and non-completion rates of HE students is published annually by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in "Performance Indicators in Higher Education (HE)", but these figures do not separately identify mature students.

UK domiciled students aged 21 or over applying to full-time and sandwich undergraduate courses at HE institutions in the UK
Academic YearApplicantsAcceptances
1996–9790,68759,193
1997–9897,40165,799
1998–9985,85958,557
1999–200081,88257,439
2000–0182,06058,169
2001–0286,46763,707
2002–0389,39767,011

Source:

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)