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Higher Education

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many higher education students have been studying in further education colleges in each of the last 10 years. (299736)

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

Higher education enrolments1 English further education colleges—Academic years 2002/03 to2007/08

Academic year

Enrolments

2002/03

139,215

2003/04

143,065

2004/05

140,490

2005/06

138,305

2006/07

130,235

2007/082

122,145

1 Includes postgraduate and undergraduate students of all domiciles enrolled on full-time and part-time courses.

2 Figures for the 2007/08 academic year are provisional.

Notes:

1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest five.

2. Figures cover students who are funded by the Learning and Skills Council at level 4 and above.

Source:

Learning and Skills Council's Individualised Learning Record (F04 and F05).

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many foundation degrees in each subject have been awarded in each year since they began, broken down by subject area. (299737)

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects information on the number of Foundation Degree qualifiers at Higher Education Institutions. Information on Foundation Degree qualifiers from English Further Education Colleges is not available. The latest information from HESA is shown in the table.

Qualifiers1 from foundation degrees by subject of study English higher education institutions academic years 2002-03 to 2007-08

Subject of study

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Medicine and dentistry

0

0

0

0

0

0

Subjects allied to medicine

65

270

405

775

1,090

1,275

Biological sciences

45

85

110

235

385

565

Veterinary science

10

0

0

0

0

0

Agriculture and related subjects

20

145

255

425

575

750

Physical sciences

25

30

50

80

110

135

Mathematical sciences

5

0

0

0

0

0

Computer science

20

125

370

680

730

935

Engineering and technology

140

250

400

525

635

905

Architecture, building and planning

15

20

50

165

235

365

Social studies

70

350

700

720

1,030

1,400

Law

0

10

15

40

100

210

Business and administrative studies

220

385

745

1,110

1,445

2,090

Mass communications and documentation

35

85

150

230

260

275

Languages

0

20

15

15

20

10

Historical and philosophical studies

0

0

0

10

70

55

Creative arts and design

285

640

980

1,480

1,945

2,255

Education

110

445

1,385

2,325

2,370

3,060

Combined

0

0

0

5

0

70

Total

1,060

2,855

5,635

8,820

11,000

14,355

1 Figures cover qualifiers from all domiciles and modes of study.

Note:

Figures are based on a HESA qualifications obtained population and have been rounded to the nearest five, so components may not sum to totals.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

The Higher Education Funding Council for England produces a regular report on Foundation degrees, which covers both English HEIs and English Further Education Colleges

http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2008/08_16/

However, figures in their report do not cover qualifiers by subject of study. To demonstrate the volume of students studying at FECs, table 4 of the HEFCE report shows that approximately one quarter of entrants to Foundation Degrees in 2005-06 were registered at English FECs.