What are HE students' progression rates and qualifications?
The tables and charts on this page provide information on the outcomes of students from higher education: the qualifications they achieve and whether they progress from one year to the next. Some information is taken from our Higher Education Student Statistics: UK, 2016/17 (SFR) and our UK Performance Indicators: Non-continuation, 2016/17 releases.
Figure 16 - HE qualifications obtained by level of qualification
2012/13 to 2016/17
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.
The graphs below exclude unclassified first degree qualifications.
Some first degree level qualifications are not subject to classification. These include medical and general degrees, ordinary degrees, and aegrotat qualifications. These unclassified degrees are not included in percentage calculations for class of degree.
The following table gives a breakdown of qualifiers by HE provider. Use the buttons to switch between displaying the number of qualifiers (by level of qualification obtained) and the degree classifications that first degree students achieved.
Additional data on qualifiers at alternative HE providers is available in our Higher Education Student Statistics: Alternative Providers, 2016/17 release.
Combined is used for courses that cover a range of subjects, such as modular courses offered by The Open University.
There is no single official definition of which subjects make up STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). The HESA science grouping includes subjects like medicine, nursing and agriculture that may not be included in other definitions of STEM.
Data on non-continuation rates and projected outcomes by HE provider are published in the UK Performance Indicators. The following chart indicates the proportion of full-time entrants who do not continue in higher education beyond their first year.
The following chart indicates the projected learning outcomes for full-time students starting their programme of study.
Half of first degree qualifiers get an upper second class honours degree.
HE Student Data pages
- Who's studying in HE?
- Where do HE students come from?
- Where do HE students study?
- What do HE students study?
- What are HE students' progression rates and qualifications?
- Contents of releases
- Historical data
- Information on staff, graduates and HE providers
- Non-continuation rates - UK Performance Indicators
- Higher Education Student Statistics: UK 2016/17 - Statistical First Release
- Higher Education Student Statistics: Alternative Providers, 2016/17 - Statistical First Release
- Qualifiers on teacher training courses
- Qualifiers and classifications by subject and HE provider
- Custom data and analysis request form
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