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Higher Education: Mature Students

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time mature students enrolled on a higher education course in each year since 2001; (162118)

(2) how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time students enrolled in higher education courses in each year since 2001.

[holding answer 12 November 2007]: The latest available information is shown in the following table. Figures for 2006/07 will be available in January 2008.

UK domiciled enrolments by mode of study, level of study and age—English higher education institutions, academic years 2001/02 to 2005/06

Postgraduates

Undergraduates

Academic year

Mode of study

Total

Of which:Mature1

Total

Of which:Mature2

2001/02

Full-time

86,210

43,570

773,515

307,820

Part-time

203,640

187,420

458,080

439,765

Total

289,850

230,985

7,237,595

747,585

2002/03

Full-time

90,595

44,640

803,025

325,205

Part-time

207,165

190,020

473,675

455,300

Total

297,760

234,665

7,276,700

780,505

2003/04

Full-time

93,940

46,120

823,145

335,725

Part-time

212,850

193,955

484,020

464,290

Total

306,785

240,075

7,307,760

800,020

2004/05

Full-time

93,220

45,985

838,145

341,855

Part-time

213,865

194,100

482,300

460,795

Total

307,085

240,085

7,320,445

802,645

2005/06

Full-time

96,845

48,935

865,560

346,655

Part-time

213,920

194,395

484,305

460,125

Total

310,765

243,330

7,349,865

806,785

1 Mature postgraduates are 25 and over.

2 Mature undergraduates are 21 and over.

Note:

The figures are on a HESA Standard Registration Population basis and are rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)