Figure 2 - HE qualifications obtained by level of qualification 2011/12 to 2020/21
- Title: HE qualifications obtained by level of qualification
- Reference ID: SB262 Figure 2
- Location: UK
- Academic years: 2011/12 to 2020/21
- Data source: HESA
- Data collection: 051,054
- Sourced from: Higher Education Student Statistics: UK, 2020/21
- Data source link: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/sb262/figure-2
- Data file canonical link: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/sb262/figure-2.csv
- Licence: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence
- Disclaimer: Please note that this data includes rounded totals. Caution must be taken when importing into a pivot table so as not to double count.
- 2011/12 total: 787,115
- 2012/13 total: 788,355
- 2013/14 total: 777,625
- 2014/15 total: 775,495
- 2015/16 total: 756,960
- 2016/17 total: 775,535
- 2017/18 total: 800,025
- 2018/19 total: 828,280
- 2019/20 total: 800,335
- 2020/21 total: 872,765
- Last updated: Jan-22
Figure 2 - HE qualifications obtained by level of qualification
Academic years 2011/12 to 2020/21
Note that data from the HESA Student alternative record is only included from 2014/15. Data prior to 2014/15 applies to data from the HESA Student record only. There have been changes in coverage to the HESA Student alternative record over time, most notably in 2016/17 when Alternative Providers with degree awarding powers were first required to return data about students on Masters taught designated courses. Additionally in 2017/18 when all providers in the record were required for the first time to return postgraduates on both taught and research courses. See the notes for more details on coverage.
Type of data
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Rounding and suppression strategy
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