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Student Numbers

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time students were studying on recognised courses at level (i) 2, (ii) 3 and (iii) 4 in (A) further education colleges, (B) universities and (C) institutions of higher education in each year since 1997. (127842)

Figures for those participating in further education (FE) can be derived from the individualised learner record (ILR). The FE ILR was collated for the first time in 2002/03 and figures are presented from that time.

Learners on LSC-funded FE provision analysed by highest qualification level and mode of attendance

Thousand

Full-time

Part-time

Total

2002/03

Level 1 and entry

170.7

1,407.7

1,578.3

Level 2

211.8

815.4

1,027.1

Level 3

438.7

426.7

865.4

Level 4, 5 and HE

12

57.3

69.3

Level not specified

94.7

562.4

657.1

Total

927.8

3,269.5

4,197.3

2003/04

Level 1 and entry,

186.1

1,450.6

1,636.7

Level 2

213.1

843.4

1,056.5

Level 3

439.9

403

842.9

Level 4, 5 and HE

10.2

63.8

74

Level not specified

87.9

457.3

545.2

Total

937.2

3,218.1

4,155.3

2004/05

Level 1 and entry

180.4

1,433.6

1,614.0

Level 2

218.7

941.1

1,159.8

Level 3

452.5

404.3

856.8

Level 4, 5 and HE

8.6

62.8

71.4

Level not specified

77.7

418.5

496.2

Total

937.8

3,260.3

4,198.1

2005/06

Level 1 and entry

179.4

1,142.4

1,321.8

Level 2

226.1

887.1

1,113.2

Level 3

460.2

349.8

810

Level 4, 5 and HE

6.7

60.3

67.1

Level not specified

42.4

274.3

316.7

Total

914.8

2,714.0

3,628.7

Note:

Figures are whole year learner numbers relating to the end of the relevant academic year.

Source:

Learning and Skills Council (LSC)

Data on students enrolled on level 2 and level 3 courses at universities and institutions of higher education cannot be identified separately; therefore figures have been provided for level 2 and level 3 combined, in the following tables.

Number of UK domiciled students enrolled on courses1 at Level 2, 3 and 4 in universities, by mode of studyEnglish institutions—Academic years 1997/98 to 2005/06

Level 2 and 3

Level 4

Academic year

Full-time

Part-time

Total

Full-time

Part-time

Total

1997/98

3,950

19,715

23,665

632,615

313,775

946,390

1998/99

4,600

19,290

23,890

642,450

326,305

968,755

1999/2000

6,550

34,140

40,690

638,945

331,785

970,730

2000/01

6,765

35,590

42,355

645,250

354,480

999,730

2001/02

14,175

28,470

42,645

670,660

366,755

1,037,415

2002/03

6,515

29,545

36,065

692,750

390,570

1,083,320

2003/04

9,065

35,700

44,770

717,400

423,470

1,140,870

2004/05

14,505

39,110

53,615

762,615

453,670

1,216,285

2005/06

9,110

33,720

42,830

787,420

438,655

1,226,075

1 Covers students enrolled on any course at level 2, 3 or 4.

Notes:

Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 of December and have been rounded to the nearest 5; therefore components may not sum to totals.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

Number of UK domiciled students Enrolled on Courses1 at Level 2, 3 and 4 in institutions of higher education2, by Mode of Study English Institutions—Academic years 1997/98 to 2005/06

Level 2 and 3

Level 4

Academic year

Full-time

Part-time

Total

Full-time

Part-time

Total

1997/98

5,985

6,220

12,205

94,465

23,265

117,730

1998/99

5,710

6,725

12,435

93,745

25,030

118,775

1999/2000

5,605

6,900

12,505

93,585

26,515

120,095

2000/01

5,650

8,160

13,805

93,630

26,490

120,120

2001/02

6,075

11,235

17,310

90,130

25,475

115,605

2002/03

8,740

17,885

26,630

95,940

29,130

125,070

2003/04

6,510

9,825

16,340

92,135

31,250

123,385

2004/053

7,335

9,595

16,935

61,030

18,755

79,785(3)

2005/06

9,140

14,395

23,535

62,655

16,820

79,480

1 Covers students enrolled on any course at level 2, 3 or 4.

2 Excludes universities.

3In 2004/05 several Institutions of higher education became universities, thus explaining the drop in numbers.

Note:

Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 of December and have been rounded to the nearest 5; therefore components may not sum to totals.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)