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Student Wastage

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time students under 22 years old withdrew from their higher education course in each year since 2001; (186609)

(2) how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time mature students withdrew from and did not complete their higher education course in each year since 2001.

The information available on non-continuation of 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 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 full-time other undergraduate entrants to higher education institutions in England, who do not continue in higher education after their first year. Both tables 1 and 2 are broken down by young (under 21) and mature (21 and over) students.

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

Academic year

Young (under 21)

Mature (21 and over)

2001/02

7.0

14.8

2002/03

7.3

15.1

2003/04

7.2

15.4

2004/05

6.8

14.0

Source:

“Performance Indicators in Higher Education”, published by HESA

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

Academic year

Young (under 21)

Mature (21 and over)

2001/02

16.3

15.8

2002/03

16.1

14.5

2003/04

17.5

14.3

2004/05

16.6

14.8

Source:

“Performance Indicators in Higher Education”, published by HESA

Figures for 2005/06 will become available later this year. HESA do not publish figures on the percentage of part-time students not continuing in higher education after their first year.

According to the figures published by the OECD, the overall completion rate for type A (first degree equivalent) courses in UK universities and colleges of higher education is among the highest in the OECD countries.