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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

The tables and charts on this page provide information on the outcomes of students from higher education and the qualifications they achieve. Some information is taken from our Higher Education Student Statistics: UK, 2017/18 statistical bulletin.

Numbers of qualifiers

Chart 10 - Qualifications obtained by level of qualification

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



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




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


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

Academic years 2013/14 to 2017/18

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.