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Foundation Degrees

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s annual budget was spent on the provision of foundation degrees in each year since the introduction of that qualification. (249108)

The following table shows the percentage of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)’s annual budget represented by recurrent teaching allocations explicitly associated with foundation degree students since 2001-02 when foundation degrees were formally established. The latest data available are for 2006-07.

Foundation funding as a percentage of total HEFCE budget

2001-02

0.2

2002-03

0.6

2003-04

1.0

2004-05

1.6

2005-06

2.2

2006-07

2.7