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Further Education: Higher Education

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment his Department has made of the performance of further education colleges in providing higher education courses. (299101)

As we made clear in our publication Higher Ambitions, we believe that further education colleges have an important role in providing higher education. Further education colleges are invaluable in promoting locally accessible higher education and in the provision of skills and qualifications up to and including foundation degree level.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of students who complete a higher education qualification at a further education college who take up (a) further study and (b) employment. (299102)

Information on the destinations of students completing a higher education qualification in a further education college is not held centrally.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of students in further education colleges were studying for a (a) Bachelor of Arts honours degree, (b) Bachelor of Science degree, (c) foundation degree, (d) higher national diploma and (e) higher national certificate qualification on the latest date for which figures are available. (299103)

The latest provisional figures are shown in the table. Final figures for 2007/08 and provisional figures for 2008/09 will be available in January.

Number and proportion of higher education enrolments by level of study, English further education colleges, academic year 2007/08

Level of study

Number

Percentage

Bachelor of Arts

10,980

9

Bachelor of Science

2,085

2

Foundation Degree

18,055

15

HND

10,190

8

HNC

12,295

10

Other HE qualifications

68,540

56

Total HE

122,145

100

Notes:

1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest five, and proportions are based on un-rounded figures.

2. Figures include enrolments who are funded by the Learning and Skills Council on courses at level 4 and above.

Source:

Learning and Skills Council individualised learner record F04.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of students studying for higher education qualifications at further education colleges was studying (a) part-time and (b) full-time on the latest date for which figures are available; and what proportion of such students was aged between (i) 19 and 24, (ii) 25 and 59 and (iii) over 60 years. (299106)

The latest provisional figures are shown in the table. Final figures for 2007-08 and provisional figures for 2008-09 will be available in January 2010.

Proportion of higher education enrolments by mode of study and age: English further education colleges academic year 2007-08

Full-time

Part-time

Unknown mode

All ages

25

74

1

of which;

Under 19

12

3

0

19 to 24

50

22

8

25 to 59

38

74

91

60 and over

1

1

1

Note:

Figures include enrolments who are funded by the Learning and Skills Council on courses at level 4 and above.

Source:

Learning and Skills Council Individualised Learner Record F04.