Figure 3a - Alternative provider student enrolments by level of study 2015/16 to 2018/19
Figure 3a - Alternative provider student enrolments by level of study
Academic years 2015/16 to 2018/19
Please note that other undergraduate includes any qualification not listed above (see definitions for a full list of qualifications). Total other undergraduate includes all undergraduate qualifications excluding first degrees.
From 2016/17, APs with degree awarding powers were required to return data about students on Masters taught designated courses. In 2017/18 all providers in the record were required for the first time to return postgraduates on both taught and research courses. Care should be taken when making comparisons over time. Some increases in numbers are a result of increases in coverage of the data collected, rather than a true reflection of the total number of students at APs.
Type of data
HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) 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:
- 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.
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.