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Further Education: Overseas Students

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of Learning and Skills Council-funded further education provision in the academic years (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 has been allocated to non-UK nationals. (254169)

[holding answer 3 February 2009]: Table 1 shows the number of Learning and Skills Council (LSC) funded learners undertaking further education provision (further education colleges, University for Industry and work-based learning) in 2007-08, split by whether the learner is UK or non-UK domiciled.

To be eligible for LSC funding an individual needs to satisfy the residency criteria set out in LSC Learner Eligibility Guidance. In general, this means that they need to have been lawfully living in the UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) for the three years prior to the start of their course.

2007/08 is the latest year for which we have fully-audited information across all learning routes. We do not currently hold information on country of domicile for adult safeguarded learning or Train to Gain.

Around 1 per cent. of learners in further education (FE, University for Industry, WBL) were non-UK domiciled in 2007/08. Non-UK domiciled learners will include those from the EU and EEA.

Table 1: LSC-funded further education (further education colleges, University for Industry, work-based learning) in 2007/08, by whether the learner is UK or non-UK domiciled.

Number of learners

UK domiciled learners


Non-UK domiciled learners


Not known



1. Volumes are rounded to the nearest thousand.

2. This information is based on country of domicile—institutions are advised that the country of domicile field should be treated as a self-assessment field and reflect the country where the learner was ordinarily resident for the three years preceding the start of their programme.

3. These figures include FE colleges, University for Industry and WBL (including apprenticeships and entry to employment).

4. Information on country of domicile is not currently available for Train to Gain and Adult Safeguarded Learning.

5. Final 2007/08 data will be published in March 2009.

6. This table uses learner volumes as a measure for comparative purposes. Full-year numbers are a count of the number of learners that participated at any point during the year.

7. Learners that are included in different data collections e.g. a learner undertaking an apprenticeship and a Train to Gain qualification, will be counted twice in this table.