Higher Education: Admissions

(asked on 7th July 2015) - View Source


To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students in England are studying (1) full-time undergraduate degrees, (2) foundation degrees, and (3) other undergraduate degrees; and of each group, how many students are studying at (a) universities, and (b) further education colleges.

Answered by
Baroness Neville-Rolfe Portrait
Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
This question was answered on 21st July 2015

Information derived by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on the distribution of undergraduate students taught at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Further Education Colleges (FECs) is provided in the table.

The figures in the table describe the position as at the 8 July 2015 and are subject to change. HEFCE will be publishing their final estimates in the Summer.

Full-Person Equivalent of undergraduate students(1,2) on full-time courses by type of teaching institution

Higher Education and Further Education Institutions in England

Academic year 2013/14

Position as at 8 July 2015

Teaching Institution3

Higher Education Institutions

Further Education Colleges(4,5)


First degree




Foundation degree




Other undergraduate




Total Undergraduate




Source: HEFCE analysis of the Higher Education Statistics Agency’s (HESA) Student Record and the Skills Funding Agency’s (SFA) Individualised Learner Record (ILR)

Table notes:

1. Figures exclude undergraduate students taught at Alternative providers.

2. Full Person Equivalent (FPEs) counts apportion students if they are studying more than one subject or at more than one teaching institution.

3. Under franchising arrangements the teaching institution may differ from the registering institution.

4. Figures for FECs refer to students participating in prescribed courses of Higher Education.

5. HEFCE apply statistical methods to the registered population at Further Education Colleges in order to make sure that the population used is comparable to that returned by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

6. Figures are rounded to the nearest 5.

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