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Higher Education: Mature Students

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time mature students withdrew from their higher education course in each year since 2001. (162119)

[holding answer 12 November 2007]: The information available on non-continuation of mature higher education students is shown in tables 1 and 2. The figures are taken from the Performance Indicators in Higher Education, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Table 1 shows the proportion of UK-domiciled mature full-time first degree entrants to higher education institutions in England, who do not continue in higher education after their first year. Table 2 shows the proportion of UK-domiciled mature full-time other undergraduate entrants to higher education institutions in England who do not continue in higher education after their first year.

Table 1: Percentage of UK-domiciled mature full-time first degree entrants to English higher education institutions not continuing in higher education after their first year

Academic year

Percentage

2001/02

14.8

2002/03

15.1

2003/04

15.4

2004/05

14.0

Source:

“Performance Indicators in Higher Education”, published by HESA

Table 2: Percentage of mature full-time other undergraduate entrants to English higher education institutions not continuing in higher education after their first year

Academic year

Percentage

2001/02

15.8

2002/03

14.5

2003/04

74.3

2004/05

14.8

Source:

“Performance Indicators in Higher Education”, published by HESA

Figures for 2005/06 will become available in 2008.

HESA do not publish figures on the percentage of part-time students not continuing in higher education after their first year.