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Higher Education: Admissions

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people enrolled on a higher national diploma course in each year since 2001; and what the drop-out rate has been in each year since 2001. (249107)

Table 1 shows the number of enrolments on higher national diplomas (HND) since 2001/02. ‘Foundation Degrees 2008/13’ is the latest report from HEFCE, however, this does not contain figures for HND students. Therefore figures for the 2006/07 academic year are the latest available.

Table 1: Home, EU and overseas enrolments on higher national diplomas English higher education institutions and further education colleges, academic years 20001/02 to 2006/07

Academic year

Enrolments

2001/02

63,285

2002/03

57,720

2003/04

49,215

2004/05

39,980

2005/06

34,005

2006/07

25,815

Notes:

Number of overseas enrolments for 2005/06 and 2006/07 has been estimated by assuming they represent the same proportion as for the previous years students, that is 4.8 per cent for full-time and 1.7 per cent for part-time.

Source:

‘Foundation degrees 2007/03’ report published by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Columns 1 + 2 of HESES and HEIFES (2006/07 values are provisional).

Table 2 shows the latest information on the progression of higher national diploma students. ‘Foundation Degrees 2008/13’ is the latest report from HEFCE, however, this does not contain figures for HND students. Therefore figures for the 2003/04 year of entry are the latest available.

Table 2: Home higher national diploma students by progression and institution type English higher education institutions and further education colleges year of entry 2003/04

Institution type

Progression

Number

Percentage

FECs

All FEC entrants

9,915

100

of which:

Change to FE Level course

410

4

Not studying

3,140

32

HEIs

All HEI entrants

12,635

100

of which:

Change to FE Level course

165

1

Not studying

1,915

15

Notes:

1. Institution type refers to the institution the student is registered with.

2. Study in the following year includes students registered for any FE or HE study in HEIs in the UK, and students registered for any HE or FE study in FECs in England. Any study outside this coverage is not included and the students will be categorised as ‘not studying’.

Source:

‘Foundation degrees 2007/03’ report published by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Figures in Table 1 cover Home, EU and Overseas enrolments, whereas figures in Table 2 cover Home entrants only.

The number of students on foundation degrees programmes now exceeds the number of students studying for HNDs. However, this growth has taken place against a background of declining numbers of students studying towards HNDs and HNCs. This decline predates the introduction of foundation degrees. According to a study by the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA), even when foundation degrees were first introduced, this was not the main reason for institutions discontinuing HND and HNC provision (LSDA 2002). Since then the decline in HND and HNCs has accelerated, at least in part due to the growth in foundation degrees.