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Foundation Degrees

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of employers involved in foundation degrees were in the public sector in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many students studied for such degrees with public sector employers in each year. (142157)

We do not classify foundation degrees as public or private sector because students are recorded according to subjects studied and many courses would apply to the public, private and third sectors. Foundation degrees graduates are, however, well-represented in education, and subjects allied to medicine (which together amount to around 35 per cent. of all FD graduates) where the employment opportunities are largely in the public sector, and around a third of all FD courses currently running are in the areas of education, health and care, community or public services.

Employer involvement is an essential feature of all foundation degree programmes. Employers can be involved in the design, delivery and regular review of programmes. It is also expected that there will be recognition from employer bodies such as sector skills councils and professional bodies as well as close collaboration between employer and provider institutions—to ensure foundation degrees are responsive to meeting the nation's skill needs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many foundation degrees were awarded in each employment sector in each of the last five years. (142158)

The available information shows the number of Foundation Degrees awarded by subject area of study. The latest figures are shown in the table; comparable information for 2006/07 will be available in January 2008.

Number of students1 awarded Foundation Degrees by subject area English Higher Education Institutions—Academic years 2002/03 to 2005/06

Subject area

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

Subjects allied to medicine

65

270

405

775

Biological sciences

45

85

110

235

Veterinary science

10

0

0

0

Agriculture and related subjects

20

145

255

425

Physical sciences

25

30

50

80

Mathematical sciences

5

0

0

0

Computer science

20

125

370

680

Engineering and technology

140

250

400

525

Architecture, building and planning

15

20

50

165

Social studies

70

350

700

720

Law

0

10

15

40

Business and administrative studies

220

385

745

1,110

Mass communications and documentation

35

85

150

230

Languages

0

20

15

15

Historical and philosophical studies

0

0

0

10

Creative arts and design

285

640

980

1,480

Education

110

445

1,385

2,325

Combined

0

0

0

5

Total foundation degree qualifiers

1,060

2,855

5,635

8,820

1 Covers students on full-time and part-time modes of study.

Note:

Figures are rounded to the nearest 5.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).