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What are HE students' progression rates and qualifications?

HE Student Data What are HE students' progression rates and qualifications?

On this page: Numbers of qualifiers | Classifications achieved | Qualifiers by subject of study | Progression rates

The tables and charts on this page provide information on the outcomes of students from higher education and 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, 2017/18 statistical bulletin and our UK Performance Indicators: Non-continuation, 2017/18 releases.

Numbers of qualifiers

Chart 10 - Qualifications obtained by level of qualification

Academic years 2000/01 to 2017/18

 

Figure 2 - HE qualifications obtained by level of qualification

Academic years 2008/09 to 2017/18

 
What does first degree mean?

First degrees are those that, for the most part, lead to a bachelor's degree qualification such as BA or BSc. See the definition for Level of study for more detail.

Figure 16 - HE qualifications obtained by level of qualification

Academic years 2013/14 to 2017/18

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Classifications achieved

The graphs below exclude unclassified first degree qualifications.

What does unclassified mean?

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.

Chart 9 - Classified first degree qualifications by class

Academic years 2006/07 to 2017/18

 

Figure 17 - Percentage of first degree qualifiers obtaining each classification

Academic years 2013/14 to 2017/18

 
 
 
 

Table 26 - UK domiciled first degree qualifiers by classification of first degree and ethnicity marker

Academic years 2014/15 to 2017/18

 
 

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. 

Table 16 - HE qualifiers by HE provider and level of qualification obtained

Academic years 2014/15 to 2017/18

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Additional data on qualifiers at alternative HE providers is available in our Higher Education Student Statistics: Alternative Providers, 2017/18 release.

Qualifiers by subject area

Figure 18 - HE qualifications obtained by subject area and sex

Academic years 2013/14 to 2017/18

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What is the Combined subject area?

Combined is used for courses that cover a range of subjects, such as modular courses offered by The Open University.

View data about subject of study by HE provider and teacher training qualifiers

Table 25 - HE qualifiers by subject of study and domicile

Academic years 2014/15 to 2017/18

 

Table 25 - HE qualifiers by subject of study and domicile

Academic years 2014/15 to 2017/18

 
 
 
 
 
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Table 25 - HE qualifiers by subject of study and domicile

Academic years 2014/15 to 2017/18

 
 
 
 
 
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Table 25 - HE qualifiers by subject of study and domicile

Academic years 2014/15 to 2017/18

 
 
 
 
 
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Table 25 - HE qualifiers by subject of study and domicile

Academic years 2014/15 to 2017/18

 
 
 
 
 
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The table below looks at the proportion of qualifications awarded that were for science subjects. For example the first row shows “out of all qualifications awarded to female students, x% were awarded in science subjects”.

Figure 19 - Percentage of HE student qualifications obtained in science subject areas by personal characteristics

Academic years 2013/14 to 2017/18

 
 
 

To view data on science qualifications broken down by personal characteristics (e.g. “out of all science qualifications, x were awarded to female students”) please see HE qualifications obtained by subject area and sex above, and What are HE students' progression rates and qualifications?: Personal characteristics

Are science subject areas the same as STEM?

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.

Progression rates

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.

Chart 6 - Percentage of UK domiciled full-time entrants not continuing in HE after their first year by academic year of entry

Academic years of entry 1997/98 to 2016/17

 
 
 

The following chart indicates the projected learning outcomes for full-time students starting their programme of study.

Chart 9 - Projected learning outcomes of UK domiciled full-time first degree starters by academic year of entry

Academic years of entry 2001/02 to 2016/17

 

Further data

View more detailed breakdowns, including classifications by subject and HE provider