[holding answer 26 February 2010]: In 2008/09 academic year (provisional), 4,756,600 learners participated in Learning and Skills Council funded learning (excluding Higher Education and school sixth forms).1
In 2008/09 there were 2,005,845 students enrolled at English Higher Education Institutions (including the Open University).2
1 Individualised Learner Record. Includes participation in further education provision, Apprenticeships, Train to Gain, Adult Safeguarded Learning and University for Industry.
2 Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record