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Higher Education: Admissions

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time (i) students aged 17 to 21 years and (ii) mature students enrolled on higher education courses in each year since 2001. (186610)

The latest available outturn information from HESA is shown in the following table.

Comparable outturn figures for 2007/08 will not be available until January 2009, but the latest data from UCAS show record levels of applicants and acceptances for entry to full-time undergraduate courses in 2007 and a further 7 per cent. increase for entry to such courses in 2008 at this stage in the admissions cycle—clear evidence that our policies to increase HE participation are working.

Entrants to higher education courses by mode of study and age1 , postgraduate and undergraduate entrants, UK and overseas domiciles, English higher education institutions2 : Academic years 2001/02 to 2006/07

Full-time

Part-time

Academic year

17 to 21

Over 21

17 to 21

Over 21

2001/02

266,565

164,890

17,360

262,570

2002/03

276,915

184,260

17,525

270,320

2003/04

280,175

195,895

17,765

273,115

2004/05

284,680

196,835

20,055

272,425

2005/06

301,745

199,850

21,045

273,720

2006/07

295,695

196,695

25,920

263,210

1 Excludes a small number of students with an unknown age or an age less than 17, (This was less than 0.6 per cent. in 2006/07).

2 Excludes the Open University.

Note:

Figures are on a HESA standard registration population basis and are rounded to the nearest 5.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).