Online statistics are published in various formats throughout the year. Start by choosing the subject you're interested in:
Data on the total number of enrolled students. For new enrollments see tables of 'First year' students. For students who finished a qualification during the year, see the Qualifications obtained section below. The first release of data for the 2012/13 academic year will be published in January 2014.
1 All students by level, mode and domicile.
Table 2 First year students by level, mode and domicile.
Table 3 Students by mode, level and subject area.
Table 4 UK domicile first years by domicile and location of HEI.
Table 8 Students studying wholly overseas.
All tables in one Excel workbook
Older Statistical First Releases
Student numbers for 1996/97 to 2011/12 including:
|Graphics from Press Release 196|
|Students by level of study 2000/01 to 2011/12|
|Students in 2011/12 by mode * , level * and gender|
Data on students from overseas studying in the UK at Higher Education Institutions.
Press Release 184 - Top 10 EU and Non-EU countries of domicile
Pub Table B - HE students by mode, gender, region of domicile
Pub Table C - PG students by mode, gender, region of domicile
Pub Table D - UG students by mode, gender, region of domicile
Pub Table 1 - UK/EU/non-EU students by institution
|Region of domicile of non-UK domicile students|
|Region of domicile *||2010/11||2011/12|
|Other European Union||130120||132550
|Non-European Union unknown||605||690
|Total non-UK domicile||428225||435235
Data on degrees and other HE qualifications awarded in each academic year.
Overview of qualifications data 2007/08 to 2011/12. Tables below cover the whole UK. Breakdowns for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland can be found in further tables.
qualifications 1996/97 to 2011/12 including:
|Graphics from Press Release 196|
|Graphic from Press Release 186|
|Qualifications obtained by level 2000/01 to 2011/12|
Comparative data on the performance of HE institutions in widening participation and student retention. PIs are specified by the HE funding bodies.
Table T1a - % young entrants 2011/12 from state schools, lower socio-economic classifications (SEC) and low participation neighbourhoods by institution
Table SP1 - WP percentages by region of domicile
Table SP4 - % young state schools entrants by subject
Table SP5 - % young low SEC entrants by subject
Table SP6 - % young low participation neighbourhood entrants by subject
Table T3a - % 2010/11 entrants not continuing into second year by institution
Table T5 - Projected outcomes by institution
Other ways to get HESA information.
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iPhone app - UK HE Stats - free from the app store. Contains four years' data for all institutions.
m.hesa.ac.uk - mobile web version of the app
Subject-specific market intelligence with analysis of performance against chosen competitor institutions. Data and graphical analysis cover the student life cycle from enrolment to graduate destinations.
For more information, and to view a sample Subject Benchmarking Report go to www.hesa.ac.uk/subjectreport
HESA publications are downloadable collections of the most useful data in Excel tables.
in Higher Education Institutions 2011/12 - comprehensive data on students and qualifications obtained.
See the full contents - includes links to 5 free downloadable Excel tables.
Read the introduction online - includes 16 free Excel tables to download and 11 charts summarising all aspects of the HESA Student Record and the HESA Aggregate Offshore Record.
Higher Education Statistics for the UK 2011/12 - summary of HE data from HESA, UCAS, SLC, OECD, Labour Force Survey and more.
Read the introduction online - includes 11 free Excel tables to download and 8 charts summarising all aspects of higher education, including five year trends.
Older publications for 1994/95 to 2005/06 can be downloaded for free from the Publications Archive.
Official data for all undergraduate courses providing key information for prospective students.
Unistats website - the official source for information on HE courses
Unistats dataset - raw data underlying the Unistats website
available for developers to download in XML and CSV format
Related statistics are published by various organisations. These links are to external websites for which HESA is not responsible.
Welsh Assembly Government - Education statistics for Wales
HEFCW - HE statistics for Wales
Scottish Government - Lifelong Learning Statistics
SFC - HE statistics for Scotland
DEL - HE statistics for Northern Ireland
Q. How many students were there in [year]? How have student numbers changed over time?
A. HESA holds data going back to the 1994/95 academic year. However we have refined the way we count students several times since then. The only way to compare our 94/95 data to our recent data is to look at a snapshot population. The table below shows the number of students enrolled on the 1st of December in each year.
For a longer view, the last table of this House of Commons Library note shows the number of degrees awarded at ten year intervals back to 1920: Education: Historical Statistics 1920-2004
|Students (1st December snapshot) by level of study 1994 to 2011|
|All students by subject area of study|
|Subject Area *||2010/11||2011/12|
|Medicine & dentistry||66840||67955
|Subjects allied to medicine||299800||299940
|Agriculture & related subjects||20790||21165
|Engineering & technology||160885||162015
|Architecture, building & planning||62780||58355
|Business & administrative studies||358295||363860
|Mass communications & documentation||53680||54860
|Historical & philosophical studies||96760||99165
|Creative arts & design||176700||182085
|More subject info in SFR183, Publication intro and free online data tables|
Q. How many students are there in my region?
|All students by region of institution|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||207820||211360
|East of England||136290||137625
|Students by institution in free online data tables|
Q. What proportion of young people go into Higher Education?
A. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) publish the initial participation rate for 17-30 year olds. The latest figures can be found here: Participation Rates in Higher Education
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) publish participation measures by local area here: POLAR – Participation of Local Areas
Q. What proportion of students drop out?
A. Non-continuation rates are published as part of the HE Performance Indicators (see PI section above).
7.4% of full-time first degree entrants in 2010/11 did not continue into their second year.
11.3% of full time first degree entrants in 2010/11 are projected to leave higher education without gaining a qualification.
|Term-time accommodation of full-time and sandwich students|
|Term-time accommodation *||2010/11||2011/12|
|Institution maintained property||308810||316580
|Other rented accommodation||491790||493225
|Not in attendance at the institution||16925||19920
|Total full-time and sandwich||1677345||1721400
|Distance Learning students - UK based/funded †|
|† Based on HESA Student Record - see Definitions|
|Distance Learning students - Wholly overseas ‡|
|‡ Based on Aggregate Offshore Record - see Definitions|
|More offshore provision stats in publication intro and SFR Table 8|
|Students in 2011/12 by level and age group|
|20 and under||896855||2955||899810|
|60 and over||25715||5400||31115|
|More on age in publication intro|
|Ethnicity of UK domiciled students|
|Other (including mixed)||76225||80185
|Total UK domicile||2073070||2061410
|More ethnicity info in Publication intro and free online data tables|