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Further Education: Assessments

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of courses leading to (a) a higher national diploma qualification, (b) a higher national certificate qualification and (c) a foundation degree were taught in further education colleges in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2007-08 and (iii) 2008-09. (274158)

The latest available information regarding students studying for higher national diplomas (HND), higher national certificates (HNC) and foundation degrees in further education colleges and higher education institutions is given in the following table. Figures for the 2008/09 academic year will be available in January 2010.

Enrolments1 to HND, HNC and foundation degree courses by type of institution—English further education colleges and higher education institutions academic years 2006/07 and 2007/082

Level of study

2006/07

2007/08

FEC

Total FEC and HEI

Percentage FEC

FEC

Total FEC and HEI

Percentage FEC

Higher National Diploma

13,195

28,455

46

12,295

25,490

48

Higher National Certificate

11,775

20,255

58

10,190

18,780

54

Foundation Degree

14,865

62,990

24

18,055

77,175

23

1 Covers enrolments from all domiciles to both full-time and part-time courses.

2 FEC figures for the 2007/08 academic year are provisional. Final data are available in January 2010.

Note:

Figures have been rounded to the nearest five and proportions are based on unrounded figures. FEC figures are on a DIUS whole year count basis and HEI figures are on a HESA standard registration population.

Source:

FEC figures from the LSC Individualised Learner Record (ILR). HEI figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency

(HESA).