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Higher Education Student Statistics: Alternative Providers, 2016/17 - HE totality

Statistical First Release Experimental SFR249

How do students at APs fit into the totality of HE provision?

This section focuses on HE student numbers from data collected by HESA in both the Student and AP student records. In relation to the AP student record, those on designated courses only are reported below. The AP student record consists of APs in England, plus the addition of one AP in Scotland for 2016/17 (see notes for further restrictions on the coverage of the AP student record).

Figure 10 includes additional information on HE student numbers at FE providers. This additional data has been supplied by UK funding councils and devolved administrations.

Figure 10 - HE student enrolments at HE, FE and designated courses at alternative providers by level of study and HE provider type

2012/13 - 2016/17



Figures 11 to 13 display information on students at publicly funded UK HE providers alongside those on designated courses at APs (as supplied to the HESA Student and AP student records). Please note that data regarding HE students at FE colleges in Wales are also included in these figures due to being fully subscribed members of HESA who supply the complete Student Record.

In 2016/17, 263 HE and alternative providers reported student data to HESA. Figure 11 shows the number of students studying at each provider in 2016/17.

Figure 11 - HE student enrolments (including on AP designated courses) by provider and domicile




Of subjects studied in HE, business & administrative studies attracted the highest number of students in 2016/17, at 359,780. The subject with the lowest number of students was veterinary science, at 7,145. Patterns varied by mode and level of study. The subject with the highest number of full-time first degree students in 2016/17 was business & administrative studies, at 214,285, followed by biological sciences, at 156,105 students. The subject with the highest number of part-time first degree students was biological sciences, at 22,595 in 2016/17.

Figure 12 - HE student enrolments (including on AP designated courses) by subject area and sex




Figure 13 shows that in 2016/17, 1,925,575 or 81% of students in HE came from the UK. A further 6% of students were from other European Union (EU) countries and the remaining 13% came from countries outside the EU. Proportions of students from outside the UK varied by both level and mode of study in 2016/17. UK students made up the majority of enrolments for all modes and levels of study. Full-time postgraduate (taught) had the highest percentage from non-EU countries, at 44%.

Figure 13 - HE student enrolments (including on AP designated courses) by domicile and level of study



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15 February 2018, 9:30



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