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HE Student Data: Frequently asked questions

We publish a wide range of tables and charts about students in higher education. The areas above guide you through the information we collect, and we have also published a complete list of our tables.

The table below identifies the charts and tables that answer some of the most common questions about HE students. Use the drop-down filter to select the topic that most interests you, or the search box to display more specific questions (such as searching for 'part-time', or 'MBA').

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How many students are there in higher education? HE student enrolments by level of study 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Student numbers student; enrolments; enrolment
How have student numbers changed over time? Chart: First year student enrolments, 2007/08 - 2016/17
HE student enrolments by level of study 2012/13 - 2016/17
HESA Time series enrolments; enrolment; students; changes
How many students are studying at university x? HE student enrolments by HE provider and domicile 2016/17 HESA Universities and colleges HEP; HEPs; providers; HE providers; universities; colleges; university; college; school
How many part-time students are there? HE student enrolments by level of study 2012/13 - 2016/17 (use the 'Mode of study' filter) HESA Student numbers part-time; mode
What subjects are students studying? HE student enrolments by subject of study and domicile 2016/17 (use the 'Subject of study' drop-down filter to switch between subject groupings) HESA Subjects course; module; subject; programme
What is the gender breakdown in higher education? HE student enrolments by personal characteristics 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Personal characteristics sex; gender; male; female; men; women;
How many students are studying science subjects? HE student enrolments by subject of study and domicile 2016/17 (use the 'Subject of study' drop-down filter to switch between subject groupings) HESA Subjects STEM, science, technology, engineering, maths, sciences,
What is the ethnic profile of HE students? HE student enrolments by personal characteristics 2012/13 - 2016/17
UK domiciled student enrolments by ethnicity and sex 2016/17 (detailed breakdown)
HESA Personal characteristics Ethnicity, white, black, Asian
How many mature students are in HE? HE student enrolments by personal characteristics 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Personal characteristics Age, mature
What proportion of HE students identify as disabled? HE student enrolments by personal characteristics 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Personal characteristics Disability, disabled
How many students report having a mental health condition? UK domiciled student enrolments by disability and sex 2016/17  HESA Personal characteristics Wellbeing, mental health, disability, disabled
How many students drop out of HE? The latest data on students' non-continuation rates will be published in March 2018. You can view previous non-continuation releases. HESA Continuation rates Continuation, progression, dropout, drop-out, non-continuation
What proportion of students live at home? Full-time and sandwich students by term-time accommodation 2015/16 and 2016/17 HESA Location Accommodation, location, parent, parents, guardians, house, home
How have international student numbers changed over time? HE student enrolments by domicile 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Time series International, overseas, foreign, Europe, domicile, non-UK
What countries do higher education students come from? HE student enrolments by domicile and region of HE provider 2016/17 HESA International International, overseas, foreign, Europe, domicile
What proportion of students get a first? Percentage of first degree qualifiers obtaining each classification 2012/13 to 2016/16 HESA Degree classifications Degrees, classes, classifications, first, first class, first-class, firsts, grade, grades,
How has access to higher education changed over time? HE undergraduate UK domiciled full-time student enrolments by participation characteristics 2012/13 - 2016/17
Chart: Percentage of UK domiciled young full-time first degree entrants from state schools by academic year 1998/99 - 2016/17
Chart: Percentage of UK domiciled young full-time first degree entrants from low participation neighbourhoods by academic year 1998/99 - 2016/17
HESA Widening participation Widening participation, participation, access, outreach, background
What is the gender breakdown on science subjects? HE student enrolments by subject area and sex 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Subjects STEM, science, technology, engineering, maths, sciences, sex
What proportion of students in HE come from state schools? HE undergraduate UK domiciled full-time student enrolments by participation characteristics 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Widening participation Widening participation, participation, access, outreach, state, schools, school, background
How do widening participation rates differ between universities? See the UK Performance Indicators: Widening participation release for data and commentary HESA Widening participation Widening participation, participation, access, outreach, background
How has the percentage of students achieving first class degrees changed over time? Percentage of first degree qualifiers obtaining each classification 2012/13 to 2016/16
Chart: Classified first degree qualifications by class 2006/07 to 2016/17
HESA Degree classifications Degrees, classes, classifications, first, first class, first-class, firsts, grade, grades,
How many qualifiers from HE are there? HE qualifications obtained by level of qualification 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Qualifiers qualifications; qualifiers; quals; 
What is the breakdown by ethnicity on subject x? UK domiciled undergraduate students of known ethnicity by subject area and ethnicity 2016/17 HESA Personal characteristics Ethnicity, white, black, Asian, course; module; subject; programme
How have enrolments on specific subjects changed over time? Chart: Change in HE student enrolments by subject area between 2015/16 and 2016/17
HE student enrolments by subject area and sex 2012/13 - 2016/17
HESA Time series course; module; subject; programme
How many undergraduate students are there in higher education? HE student enrolments by level of study 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Student numbers students; student; enrolments; enrolment; undergrad; UG; undergraduate; first degree; bachelor's; BA, bachelors
How have the number of qualifiers changed over time? Chart: HE qualifications obtained by level of qualification 2007/08 - 2016/17
HE qualifications obtained by level of qualification 2012/13 - 2016/17
HESA Time series qualifications; qualifiers; quals; grades
How many students are studying for a Masters in Business Administration (MBAs)? MBA students by domicile 2015/16 and 2016/17 HESA Subjects MBA; Business masters; Business;
Where do MBA students come from? MBA students by domicile 2015/16 and 2016/17 HESA International MBA; Business masters; Business, Masters of business administration
How have part-time student numbers changed over time? Chart: First year student enrolments, 2007/08 - 2016/17
HE student enrolments by level of study 2012/13 - 2016/17
HESA Time series part-time; mode
What subjects are studied most by male students and most by female students? HE student enrolments by subject area and sex 2012/13 - 2016/17
HE student enrolments by subject of study 2016/17
Chart: All students by subject area and sex 2016/17
HESA Subjects sex; gender; male; female; men; women; course; module; subject; programme
What are the entry qualifications of HE students? First year UK domiciled HE student enrolments by subject of study and highest qualification on entry 2016/17 HESA Personal characteristics Tariff, grades, applications, entrants
What is the gender breakdown at university x? HE student enrolments by HE provider 2016/17 HESA Personal characteristics sex; gender; male; female; men; women; HEP; HEPs; providers; HE providers; universites; colleges; university; college; school
What is the age profile of HE students? HE student enrolments by personal characteristics 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Personal characteristics Age, mature
How many students are studying subject x? HE student enrolments by subject of study and domicile 2016/17 HESA Subjects course; module; subject; programme
Where do students live while they're studying? Full-time and sandwich students by term-time accommodation 2015/16 and 2016/17 HESA Location Accommodation, location, parent, parents, guardians, house, home
How many students live in provider-owned accommodation? Full-time and sandwich students by term-time accommodation 2015/16 and 2016/17 HESA Location Accommodation, location, parent, parents, guardians, house, home
How many students come from country x? HE student enrolments by domicile and region of HE provider 2016/17 (select the 'Non EU' or 'Other EU' options in the 'Domicile' filter to exclude UK countries from the list) HESA International International, overseas, foreign, Europe, domicile
How many students at university x are studying subject x? HE student enrolments by HE provider and subject of study 2016/17 HESA Subjects course; module; subject; programme
What percentage of female students enrol on science subjects? Percentage of HE student enrolments in science subject areas by personal characteristics 2012/13 - 2016/17  HESA Personal characteristics course; module; subject; programme
How has the percentage of female students enrolled on science subjects changed over time? Percentage of HE student enrolments in science subject areas by personal characteristics 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Time series STEM, science, technology, engineering, maths, sciences, female, women, sex, gender
What is the gender breakdown on x subject? HE student enrolments by subject area and sex 2012/13 - 2016/17
HE student enrolments by subject of study 2016/17
Chart: All students by subject area and sex 2016/17
HESA Personal characteristics sex; gender; male; female; men; women; course; module; subject; programme
How many international students study subject x? HE student enrolments by subject of study 2016/17 (click the 'Domicile' radio button) HESA International course; module; subject; programme
How many students from low participation neighbourhoods are there in HE? HE undergraduate UK domiciled full-time student enrolments by participation characteristics 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Widening participation Widening participation, participation, access, outreach, background, POLAR, POLAR3
How many students’ had parents/guardians that went to university? HE undergraduate UK domiciled full-time student enrolments by participation characteristics 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Widening participation Widening participation, participation, access, outreach, background
How many sandwich students are there? Undergraduate sandwich student enrolments by subject of study and sex 2016/17 HESA Student numbers student; enrolments; enrolment
What is the proportion of students from low participation neighbourhoods at university x? Table T1 – Participation of under-represented groups in higher education: UK domiciled young full-time undergraduate entrants 2016/17 (click the 'Low participation neighbourhoods' filter)
Table T2a – Participation of under-represented groups in higher education: UK domiciled mature full-time undergraduate entrants 2016/17
HESA Widening participation Widening participation, participation, access, outreach, background, POLAR, POLAR3, HEP, HEPs, HE provider, colleges, college, university, universities
What is the proportion of students from state schools at university x? Table T1 – Participation of under-represented groups in higher education: UK domiciled young full-time undergraduate entrants 2016/17 HESA Widening participation Widening participation, participation, access, outreach, background, state schools, HEPs, HE provider, colleges, college, university, universities
How many students are studying on teacher training programmes? ITT students by HE provider and level of study 2016/17 HESA Subjects course; module; subject; programme; ITT; teaching; PGCE
How many students are there in England / Wales / Scotland / Northern Ireland? HE student enrolments by domicile and region of HE provider 2016/17 HESA Location  
What is the regional breakdown of students in higher education? HE student enrolments by domicile and region of HE provider 2016/17 HESA Location  
Which countries send the most students to the UK? Chart: Top ten European Union countries of domicile (excluding the UK) in 2016/17
Chart: Top ten non-European Union countries of domicile (excluding the UK) in 2016/17
HESA International International, overseas, foreign, Europe, domicile
What proportion of students come from the EU? Chart: HE student enrolments at HE providers in the UK by level of study, mode of study and domicile 2016/17 HESA International International, overseas, foreign, Europe, domicile, European Union, Brexit
What proportion of students come from outside the EU? Chart: HE student enrolments at HE providers in the UK by level of study, mode of study and domicile 2016/17 HESA International International, overseas, foreign, domicile
How have student enrolments from the EU changed over time? HE student enrolments by domicile 2012/13 - 2016/17
Chart: First year non-UK domicile students by domicile 2006/07 to 2016/17
HESA Time series International, overseas, foreign, Europe, domicile, European Union, Brexit
How many international students are there at university x? HE student enrolments by HE provider and domicile 2016/17 HESA Universities and colleges International, overseas, foreign, Europe, domicile
How many EU students are there at university x? HE student enrolments by HE provider and domicile 2016/17 HESA Universities and colleges International, overseas, foreign, Europe, domicile, European Union, Brexit
How have student enrolments from China changed over time? Chart: Top ten non-European Union countries of domicile (excluding the UK) in 2016/17
Chart: First year non-UK domicile students by domicile 2006/07 to 2016/17
HESA International International, overseas, foreign, domicile, China, Chinese, Asia
How many overseas students are there? HE student enrolments studying wholly overseas by location of provision 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA International Aggregate offshore, offshore, overseas
Where do the majority of overseas students study? Chart: Transnational students studying wholly overseas for a UK higher education qualification in 2016/17 HESA International Aggregate offshore, offshore, overseas, transnational
How many overseas students are registered at university x? Aggregate offshore students by HE provider and level of study 2016/17 HESA Universities and colleges Aggregate offshore, offshore, overseas, HEP, HE providers, university, college, transnational
How many students at university x achieve a first? HE qualifiers by HE provider and level of qualification obtained 2016/17 (use the 'Classification of first degree' radio  button') HESA Degree classifications HEP; HEPs; providers; HE providers; universities; colleges; university; college; school, Degrees, classes, classifications, first, first class, first-class, firsts, grade, grades,
How many students are enrolled on first degree courses? HE student enrolments by level of study 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Student numbers students; student; enrolments; enrolment; undergrad; UG; undergraduate; first degree; bachelor's; BA; bachelors; BSc
How many students are enrolled on postgraduate courses? HE student enrolments by level of study 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Student numbers students; student; enrolments; enrolment; postgrad; PG; PGT; PGR; postgraduate; masters; master's; MA; MSc; PhD; MPhil; MBA; Postgraduate research
How many students are studying for Masters courses? HE student enrolments by level of study 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Student numbers students; student; enrolments; enrolment; postgrad; PG; PGT; postgraduate; masters; master's; MA; MSc; MBA
How many students are studying for doctorates? HE student enrolments by level of study 2012/13 - 2016/17 HESA Student numbers students; student; enrolments; enrolment; postgrad; PG; PGR; Postgraduate research; DPhil; MPhil; PhD; doctor;
How many applications to HE were there? UCAS End of Cycle report: Summary of applicants and acceptances UCAS Applications and acceptances  
How many applicants accepted their place? UCAS End of Cycle report: Summary of applicants and acceptances UCAS Applications and acceptances  
How do application rates vary by age, subject, geography, ethniciity and economic background? UCAS End of Cycle report: Patterns by age, subject, geography and characteristics UCAS Applications and acceptances  
How satisfied are undergraduate students? National Student Survey results HEFCE Student satisfaction  
How satisfied are postgraduate taught students? Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey Report 2017 Higher Education Academy Student satisfaction  
How satisfied are postgraduate research students? Postgraduate Research Experience Survey Report 2017 Higher Education Academy Student satisfaction