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General student numbers

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. 

Statistical First Release 197

Overview of student data 2008/09 to 2012/13. Tables below cover the whole UK. Breakdowns for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland can be found in further tables.

Table 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.
All tables in one Excel workbook
Older Statistical First Releases

Free online data tables

Student numbers for 1996/97 to 2012/13 including:

2012/13 students by Institution
2012/13 students by Subject
2012/13 first year students by Ethnicity
2012/13 first year students by Disability
More free online data tables

Student publication introduction

Sector level tables and charts

Student population
Sex
Domicile
Subject of study
Age of students
Ethnicity
Qualifications obtained
Flows between administrations
Offshore provision

Definitions

Data from Table 2 of Statistical First Release 197
Students by level of study 2000/01 to 2012/13
Year Undergraduate Postgraduate Total
2012/13 1803840 536440 2340275
2011/12 1928140 568505 2496645
2010/11 1912580 588720 2501295
2009/10 1914710 578705 2493415
2008/09 1859240 536810 2396050
2007/08 1804970 501135 2306105
2006/07 1801955 502745 2304700
2005/06 1788600 492640 2281235
2004/05 1753930 482335 2236265
2003/04 1722685 477495 2200175
2002/03 1676920 454190 2131110
2001/02 1615130 427455 2042580
2000/01 1541225 406905 1948135
Students in 2012/13 by mode * , level * and gender
  Undergraduate Postgraduate Total
Full-time Female 759340 157295 916635
Full-time Male 626255 139145 765400
Full-time Total 1385675 296470 1682145
Part-time Female 257320 140865 398185
Part-time Male 160555 99075 259630
Part-time Total 418165 239965 658130
Total Female 1016660 298160 1314820
Total Male 786810 238220 1025030
Total 1803840 536440 2340275

Non-UK domicile students

Data on students from overseas studying in the UK at HE Institutions.
Data from the HESA Student Record

Statistical First Release 197

Table 5 Top EU countries of domicile.
Table 5a Top EU countries of domicile - first year students.
Table 6 Top non-EU countries of domicile.
Table 6a Top non-EU countries of domicile - first year students.
All tables in one Excel workbook

Student publication

Table B - HE students by mode, gender, region of domicile
Table C - PG students by mode, gender, region of domicile
Table D - UG students by mode, gender, region of domicile
Table 1 - UK/EU/non-EU students by institution

Definitions

Data from Table 6a of Statistical First Release 197
Region of domicile of non-UK domicile students
Region of domicile * 2011/12 2012/13
Other European Union 132550 125290
Other Europe 17890 18610
Africa 35255 34160
Asia 188525 186545
Australasia 2475 2505
Middle East 26645 26380
North America 27100 26920
South America 4090 4345
Non-European Union unknown 690 505
Total non-UK domicile 435235 425265

Students studying wholly overseas

Transnational students studying wholly overseas for a UK qualification.
Data from the HESA Aggregate Offshore Record

Statistical First Release 197

Table 11 - location, type and level.

Student publication

Press Release 199 - overview
Table O - type and level
Table P - top 20 countries

World regions of transnational students
Graphic from Press Release 199

Qualifications obtained

Data on degrees and other HE qualifications awarded each year.

Statistical First Release 197

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.

Table 8 - Qualifications obtained by level, mode and domicile.
Table 9Class of first degree by sex and mode of study.
Table 10 - Qualifications obtained by level, sex and subject

Free online data tables

2012/13 Qualifications obtained
2012/13 Qualifications by subject
More free online data tables 1996/97 to 2012/13

Student publication

Intro tables & charts - Qualifications.
Table K - mode, domicile, level
Table L - first degrees by mode, domicile, sex class
Table M - % 1st and 2i

Definitions

Data from Table 9 of Statistical First Release 197
Qualifications obtained by level 2000/01 to 2012/13
Year Undergraduate Postgraduate Total
2012/13 523730 264165 787900
2011/12 523115 264090 787205
2010/11 510385 252155 762540
2009/10 490610 226330 716940
2008/09 469855 204560 674415
2007/08 474450 202005 676460
2006/07 448830 202225 651060
2005/06 442565 198280 640850
2004/05 441220 191820 633045
2003/04 413560 182085 595640
2002/03 393440 164350 557790
2001/02 366235 155265 521500
2000/01 357560 146850 504410

UK Performance Indicators

Comparative data on the performance of HE institutions in widening participation and student retention. UKPIs are specified by the HE funding bodies.

Press release 203 - headline stats for 2012/13
UKPIs Summary - 15 year time series
UK Performance Indicators homepage 

Widening participation

Widening participation of under-represented groups

Table T1a - % young entrants 2012/13 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

Non-continuation rates

Non-continuation rates (including projected outcomes)

Table T3a - % 2011/12 entrants not continuing into second year by institution

Table T5 - Projected outcomes by institution

Table SN1 - % non-continuation of young entrants by subject
Table SN2 - % non-continuation of mature entrants by subject
Table SN3 - % non-continuation of all entrants by subject

UKPIs definitions

The percentage of young entrants to full-time first degree courses from state schools has risen from 85.0% in 1998/99 to 89.3% in 2012/13
The percentage of young full-time first degree entrants not continuing in HE after their first year has fallen from 7.6% of 1997/98 entrants to 5.7% of 2011/12 entrants

More HESA services

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Press and media enquiries

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Follow HESA on Twitter: @ukhesa

Mobile app

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 Benchmarking Report

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

Publications

HESA publications are downloadable collections of the most useful data in Excel tables.

Students in Higher Education Institutions 2012/13 - 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.

Students
in Higher
Education Institutions
Students in Higher Education Institutions

To view all HESA publications and special offers see the Publications home page or the 2014 product catalogue.

Higher Education Statistics for the UK 2011/12 - summary of HE data from HESA, UCAS, SLC, OECD, Labour Force Survey and more.

See the full contents

Read the introduction online - includes 11 free Excel tables to download and 8 charts summarising all aspects of higher education, including five year trends.

2012/13 publication due Aug 2014

Higher Education
Statistics
for the UK
Higher Education Statistics for the UK

Older publications for 1994/95 to 2007/08 can be downloaded for free from the Publications Archive.

Unistats

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

Unistats - from universities and colleges in the UK

Linked data

Linked NPD-ILR-HESA data

The Department for Education (DfE) receives HESA data and links it to data from the Individual Learner Record (ILR, which covers Further Education Colleges) and to the National Pupil Database (NPD, which covers schools). Linked data is available for research purposes from DfE.

See www.hesa.ac.uk/linkeddata for more information.

To request a linked data extract please see the National Pupil Database pages at www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-pupil-database.

External sources

Related statistics are published by various organisations. These links are to external websites for which HESA is not responsible.

Frequently asked student statistics questions

Got a question? If the answer's not online contact one of our Bespoke Data Service experts by email: information@hesa.ac.uk

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 2012
Year Undergraduate Postgraduate Total
2012 1761865 482850 2244715
2011 1856455 509840 2366295
2010 1831665 516040 2347705
2009 1825045 504115 2329165
2008 1777360 471360 2248720
2007 1744765 445660 2190425
2006 1680750 445105 2125855
2005 1713080 443175 2156255
2004 1700450 438920 2139370
2003 1656420 432415 2088835
2002 1587240 413180 2000420
2001 1515925 391005 1906930
2000 1462165 379700 1841865
1999 1426655 368005 1794660
1998 1420770 362885 1783655
1997 1392720 345850 1738570
1996 1372885 325630 1698515
1995 1329925 324790 1654715
1994 1211260 301790 1513055

Q. What subjects are the most popular?

All students by subject area of study
Subject Area * 2011/12 2012/13
Medicine & dentistry 67955 66745
Subjects allied to medicine 299940 279940
Biological sciences 199275 201520
Veterinary science 5575 5760
Agriculture & related subjects 21165 19020
Physical sciences 94955 93050
Mathematical sciences 43170 42235
Computer science 95670 89500
Engineering & technology 162015 158115
Architecture, building & planning 58355 52695
   Total Science 1048070 1008585
Social studies 222375 213360
Law 93575 89190
Business & administrative studies 363860 337245
Mass communications & documentation 54860 50425
Languages 135985 124280
Historical & philosophical studies 99165 92740
Creative arts & design 182085 172860
Education 201720 179910
Combined 94945 71680
All Subjects 2496645 2340275
More subject info in SFR183

Q. How many students are there in my region?

All students by region of institution
Region * 2011/12 2012/13
England 2097230 1944995
North East 112285 100725
North West 253830 232760
Yorkshire and The Humber 211360 195545
East Midlands 166905 160810
West Midlands 202095 190665
East of England 137625 129805
London 402410 372880
South East 448090 407435
South West 162635 154365
Wales 131185 128780
Scotland 216320 214785
Northern Ireland 51905 51715
UK Total 2496645 2340275

Definitions

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).
6.7% of full-time first degree entrants in 2011/12 did not continue into their second year.
10.7% of full time first degree entrants in 2011/12 are projected to leave higher education without gaining a qualification.

Q. How many students live at home with their parents? How many live in student halls?

Term-time accommodation of full-time and sandwich students
Term-time accommodation * 2011/12 2012/13
Institution maintained property 316580 309765
Private-sector halls 90915 102255
Parental/guardian home 328820 325770
Own residence 280490 258075
Other rented accommodation 493225 503675
Other 79685 77280
Not in attendance at the institution 19920 20795
Not known 111765 84535
Total full-time and sandwich 1721400 1682145

Q. How many students study by distance learning?

Distance Learning students - UK based/funded †
Level, Institution 2011/12 2012/13
Undergraduate 210500 177400
Open University 188430 156750
Other 22070 20650
Postgraduate 51490 49020
Open University 12065 10770
Other 39425 38250
Total 261990 226420
† Based on HESA Student Record - see Definitions
Distance Learning students - Wholly overseas ‡
Level, Location 2011/12 2012/13
Undergraduate 59985 62535
EU 12645 12130
Non-EU 47340 50405
Postgraduate 56550 61100
EU 13410 13130
Non-EU 43140 47970
Total 116535 123635
‡ Based on Aggregate Offshore Record - see Definitions
More offshore provision stats in SFR Table 8

Q. How many mature students are there?

Students in 2012/13 by level and age group
Age group Undergraduate Postgraduate Total
20 and under 870795 2645 873440
21-24 453905 170970 624875
25-29 141670 132635 274305
30-59 316290 224890 541175
60 and over 20675 5190 25870
Age unknown 505 110 615
Total 1803840 536440 2340275

Q. How many students are from ethnic minorities?

Ethnicity of UK domiciled students
Ethnicity * 2011/12 2012/13
White 1636395 1507845
Black 121855 117420
Asian 176450 171395
Other (including mixed) 80185 79575
Not known 46525 38780
Total UK domicile 2061410 1915015