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Higher Education: Part-time Education

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he made of the number of English domiciled part-time undergraduate students who received a full fee grant who studied (a) between 30 and 49, (b) between 50 and 59, (c) between 60 and 74 and (d) 75 per cent. or more of a full-time course in the latest year for which figures are available. (321946)

Prior to 2000/01 there was no statutory financial support for part-time students. The current system of support was introduced in 2004; it comprises a course grant to help pay towards course costs such as books and travel and a fee grant to help pay towards fees.

Fee grants are available to part-time students on courses of no less than 50 per cent. of an equivalent full-time course.

English domiciled students known to be awarded full part-time fee grants academic year 2008/091

Intensity (percentage of equivalent full-time course)

Applicants known to be awarded full fee grants

50% to 59%

5,300

60% to 74%

1,900

75% or more

4,400

Total

11,600

1 Approved applicants awarded fee grants. Figures rounded to nearest 100.

Source:

Student Loans Company and Open University applications data

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of English-domiciled part-time undergraduate students who did not have a level 4 qualification on entry to their course in the latest year for which figures are available. (321947)

In the academic year 2008/09 there were 197,160 English-domiciled part-time undergraduate student enrolments who did not have a level 4 or above qualification on entry to their course at a UK higher education institution (including the Open university). There were 224,870 who did have a level 4 or above qualification on entry to their course and a further 35,465 whose qualification level on entry was unknown or missing.

Of those with known highest qualification on entry, 47 per cent. did not have a level 4 or above qualification on entry to their course.

Figures are taken from the Higher Education Statistics Agency Student Record.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of English-domiciled part-time undergraduate students (a) with and (b) without a level 4 qualification on entry to their course who studied (i) less than 30, (ii) between 31 and 49, (iii) between 50 and 59, (iv) between 60 and 74 and (v) 75 per cent. or more of a full-time course in the latest year for which figures are available. (321948)

Statistics for 2008/09 are provided in the table. Figures are provided for part-time student enrolments as full-time equivalents. There were 144,005 full-time equivalent (FTE) enrolments at undergraduate level whose highest qualification on entry was known and a further 9,815 FTE undergraduates whose qualification level on entry was unknown or missing. The proportions provided in the table are based on those students with known highest qualification on entry information.

English-domiciled full-time equivalent undergraduate enrolments by level of qualification on entry UK higher education institutions. Academic year 2008/09

With a Level 4 or higher qualification on entry

Without a Level 4 or higher qualification on entry

Full-time equivalent (percentage)

Number

Proportion (percentage)

Number

Proportion (percentage)

0-30

18,770

27

12,285

17

31-49

11,785

17

10,920

15

50-59

20,815

29

21,635

29

60-74

8,700

12

12,230

17

75+

10,560

15

16,310

22

Total

70,630

100

73,375

100

Notes:

1. Figures are based on a Higher Education Statistics Agency Standard Registration Population.

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest five so components may not sum to totals.

3. Percentages are based on unrounded figures.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how much his Department spent on (a) fee and (b) course grant payments for English-domiciled part-time students in the latest year for which figures are available; (321949)

(2) how many and what proportion of English-domiciled part-time undergraduate students received a (a) full and (b) partial fee grant in the latest period for which figures are available;

(3) how many and what proportion of English-domiciled part-time undergraduate students received a (a) fee and (b) course grant in the latest period for which figures are available.

Prior to 2000/01 there was no statutory financial support for part-time students. The current system of support was introduced in 2004; it comprises a course grant to help pay towards course costs such as books and travel and a fee grant to help pay towards fees.

English domiciled students awarded part-time fee and course grants academic year 2008/091

Students

Value (£ million)

Fee Grant

52,900

35.8

Course Grant

54,900

14.0

1 Table shows approved applicants rounded to nearest 100 and award entitlement amounts rounded to nearest £100,000.

Source:

Student Loans Company and Open University applications data

There are three rates of maximum fee grant, which depend on the intensity of the course.

Grant level of English domiciled students awarded part-time fee grant. Academic year 2008/091

Grant level

Students

Percentage of all awarded fee grant

Full fee grant

11,600

22

Partial fee grant

40,800

77

Intensity not known

500

1

1 Table shows approved applicants rounded to nearest 100.

2 Students with a fee grant who had no intensity of study recorded on the statistical database. Therefore it could not be ascertained whether their level of grant was the maximum for their level of study.

Source:

Student Loans Company and Open University applications data

It is estimated that around 10 per cent. of part-time students are awarded a fee grant, and around 10 per cent. are awarded a course grant. This is based on all part-time students, some of whom are not eligible for support. To be eligible for grants, a part-time student must be on a course of no less than 50 per cent. of an equivalent course and not already have a degree.