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Higher Education

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students (a) enrolled for and (b) were awarded higher national certificates in each of the last 10 years. (146491)

The information is provided in the following tables. The length of time taken to complete a higher national certificate (HNC) can vary. Typically, the qualification lasts one year if studied full-time or two years if studied part-time. In addition, students completing an HNC can proceed directly to further study such as a higher national diploma (HND). For these reasons, it is not possible to calculate completion rates simply by comparing entrants with qualifiers.

Number of entrants to higher national certificate (HNC) courses1, UK higher education Institutions2,academic years 1996/97 to 2005/06

Academic year

Entrants

1996/97

8,735

1997/98

8,800

1998/99

8,830

1999/2000

8,650

2000/01

10,470

2001/02

12,280

2002/03

10,335

2003/04

9,280

2004/05

8,560

2005/06

8,070

1 Covers students on both full-time and part-time courses.

2 Excludes the Open university.

Note:

Entrant figures are on a snapshot basis as of 1 December for comparability. All figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

Number of qualifiers from higher national certificate (HNC) courses1, UK higher education Institutions2,academic years 1996/97 to 2005/06

Academic year

Qualifiers

1996/97

5,110

1997/98

4,625

1998/99

4,460

1999/2000

4,750

2000/013

5,315

2001/02

5,985

2002/03

5,760

2003/04

5,950

2004/05

5,625

2005/06

5,100

1 Covers students on both full-time and part-time courses.

2 Excludes the Open university.

3 From 2000-01, students qualifying from a dormant mode of study are included in the figures; they are excluded in all previous years. In 2000-01, there were 195 students who qualified with a HNC from a dormant mode of study.

Note:

Entrant figures are on a snapshot basis as of 1 December for comparability. All figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).