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Students: Age

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the age profile of (a) full-time and (b) part-time students was in each of the last 10 years. (149032)

The latest available information is shown in the following table.

Age profile of students1 on Higher Education courses at UK Higher Education Institutions

Age group

Academic year

Mode of study

Under 18 years

18-20 years

21-24 years

25-29 years

30 years and over

Age unknown

1996/97

Full-time

11,585

533,025

346,965

113,875

131,680

1,465

Part-time

600

12,680

51,265

98,435

400,485

16,845

1997/98

Full-time

12,110

559,460

345,835

113,805

131,570

3,345

Part-time

410

12,950

49,405

97,645

418,480

14,535

1998/99

Full-time

11,710

583,505

342,955

110,370

129,370

1,355

Part-time

735

15,020

51,785

100,890

446,910

11,465

1999/2000

Full-time

11,495

597,075

340,435

105,490

123,155

1,080

Part-time

755

16,620

53,190

99,350

458,085

9,635

2000/01

Full-time

11,210

602,390

352,455

104,370

124,340

790

Part-time

675

18,620

58,555

101,515

477,495

11,170

2001/02

Full-time

11,920

614,305

371,790

107,155

132,335

720

Part-time

1,310

19,240

63,560

100,670

493,930

10,220

2002/03

Full-time

12,085

631,465

397,555

114,455

140,265

780

Part-time

2,220

19,425

71,085

106,225

512,985

11,635

2003/04

Full-time

11,550

645,985

413,445

121,190

145,860

775

Part-time

2,460

20,605

78,155

112,225

546,935

9,275

2004/05

Full-time

11,440

657,640

421,165

127,595

148,140

545

Part-time

3,320

21,775

81,405

118,970

558,870

8,280

2005/06

Full-time

11,515

684,065

424,045

134,240

150,085

555

Part-time

2,375

23,480

80,425

120,710

538,205

6,630

1 Includes both undergraduates and postgraduates.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record data.

Figures include students from the UK and overseas, and have been rounded to the nearest 5.

The figures are based on students enrolled at 1 December in each year because these are the only figures available on a comparable basis in each year since 1996.