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Higher Education: Student Numbers

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time students are in their (a) first year, (b) second year and (c) final year of an undergraduate degree course. (308181)

The latest available information from the Higher Education Statistics Agency is provided in the table.

Figures are provided for UK-domiciled full-time first degree enrolments by year of course.

UK-domiciled full-time first degree enrolments by year of course: UK Higher Education Institutions, academic year 2007/08

Year of course

First degree enrolments

First year

343,805

Second year

278,880

Third year

273,165

Fourth year or over

78,875

Total

974,720

Notes:

1. Figures are based on a HESA Standard Registration Population.

2. Figures in the answer have been rounded to the nearest five and may not sum to total.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of residents in each local authority area who (a) have applied to start a university course in January 2010 and (b) have deferred entry from September 2009 to September 2010. (308449)

The information requested is not available centrally.

Information on applicants and accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses in UK institutions is collected by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Accepted applicants who begin courses in January 2010 are included in the 2009/10 entry figures published by UCAS. UCAS can identify which students start courses in January, though they do not regularly publish information on the start date of courses. End of year data for the 2009/10 academic year will not be available until January 2010.

Information on deferrals is provided to BIS from UCAS, but is not broken down by local authority area.