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Higher Education: Student Numbers

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many part-time undergraduate students there were in England at the latest date for which figures are available; (206274)

(2) how many and what proportion of part-time undergraduate students in England studied (a) between 50 and 59 per cent. of a full-time course, (b) between 60 and 74 per cent. of a full-time course and (c) 75 per cent. or more of a full-time course in the last year for which figures are available.

The latest available figures show that there were 508,955 part-time undergraduate students from the UK and overseas enrolled at English higher education institutions in the 2006/07 academic year. Comparable figures for the 2007/08 academic year will be available in January 2009.

The full-time equivalence of these part-time undergraduate students is shown in the table.

Part-time undergraduate students1 by full-time equivalence: English higher education institutions, 2006/07 academic year

Full-time equivalence (Percentage)

Number

Proportion (Percentage)

Under 50.00

289,295

56.8

50.00-59.99

151,130

29.7

60.00-74.99

31,660

6.2

75.00 or more

36,870

7.2

Total

508,955

100.0

1 Includes all students from the UK and overseas. Notes: Figures are on a HESA Standard Registration population basis. Numbers are rounded to the nearest five and proportions are rounded to one decimal place. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record.