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Higher Education Funding Council for England: Qualifications

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what proportion of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s annual budget was spent on Higher National Diplomas in each year since the introduction of that qualification; and how much of that budget was spent on (a) course design, (b) teaching and (c) other activities; (146414)

(2) what the total cost to the public purse was of (a) foundation degrees, (b) Higher National Diplomas and (c) Higher National Certificates in each year since their introduction.

It is not possible to answer these questions in precisely the way they have been asked on the basis of the data which is available centrally. The following table sets out for each of the last five years the amount of the Higher Education Funding Council’s budget notionally allocated to support (a) Foundation Degrees (b) Higher National Diplomas and (c) Higher National Certificates in cash terms and calculates (b) as a proportion of the Council’s overall budget.

Notional grant

£ million

Foundation degrees

HNDs

HNCs

HND budget as percentage of total HEFCE budget

2001-02

9

155

56

3.2

2002-03

30

133

46

2.6

2003-04

54

115

45

2.1

2004-05

98

105

48

1.7

2005-06

140

88

46

1.4