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Figure 2a - HE qualifications obtained (including on AP designated courses) by level of qualification 2009/10 to 2018/19

HE Student Data

Figure 2a - HE qualifications obtained (including on AP designated courses) by level of qualification

Academic years 2009/10 to 2018/19


Figure 2a includes both higher education institutes (HEIs) and alternative providers (APs). It is important to note that AP data is only included from 2015/16. Data prior to 2015/16 applies to HEIs only. Figure 2 is an equivalent version containing HEI data only and was published on 16 January 2020. This has been archived for reference.

Type of data

Administrative data

Data source

HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) is part of Jisc. We are the experts in UK higher education data and analysis. We have been collecting information on higher education since the 1994/95 academic year.

Data on students at Alternative HE providers is taken from the HESA AP Student record, which universities, colleges and other higher education providers return to HESA on an annual basis. We have been collecting data on students at alternative providers since the 2014/15 academic year. The AP Student record collects a wide range of information, including data about students' personal characteristics, courses and modules of study, and qualifications achieved.

We provide data and analysis on students to a wide variety of customers, including:

  • Governments
  • Universities (via the Heidi Plus analytics tool)
  • Academic and commercial researchers
  • Students and potential students
  • Policy makers.

Our data is used to regulate the sector, inform policy making, advance understanding of social and economic trends, support student decision making, and enhance public understanding of - and confidence in - the higher education sector.

Rounding and suppression strategy

We implement a rounding and suppression strategy in published and released tabulations designed to prevent the disclosure of personal information about any individual. This strategy involves rounding all numbers to the nearest multiple of 5 and suppressing percentages and averages based on small populations.

Related releases

We publish annual statistical bulletins about students in higher education.

Our HE Student Data pages collect together many of the tables we publish on students in higher education.

Further information

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