Statistical overview of higher education
HE Statistics for the United Kingdom 2002/03
The Higher Education Statistics Agency’s latest publication HE Statistics for the United Kingdom 2002/03 is released today. It provides an official overview of the UK’s higher education sector using HESA data and also information from a wide-range of bodies such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Student Loans Company and the Universities and Colleges Admission Service.
Some key points from this year’s publication are:
- 672,080 students were following non-credit bearing courses in 2002/03. 447,475 of these students were at the HE/advanced level, with subjects allied to medicine being the most popular subject area. 73,420 students were at the FE/non-advanced level.
- The number of all credit bearing HE students receiving no award or financial backing for tuition fees (i.e. paying their own fees) in 2002/03 is 884,400 (47.9 per cent).
- The number of all credit bearing HE students receiving a mandatory or discretionary award from a UK Local Education Authority1 is 547,225 (29.6 per cent).
- 57,405 students from the UK were following Initial Teacher Training2 (ITT) courses. 34,145 of these students were first year students. 28,470 ITT students qualified in 2002/03 – 20,460 with a PGCE and 8,015 with a BEd or other ITT first degree.
- In 2002/03, 259,590 (68.9 per cent) first year students started first degree courses with A-levels, Scottish Highers or equivalent qualifications.3
Notes for Editors
- Includes the Student Awards Agency for Scotland and the Department for Education for Northern Ireland.
- Initial or pre-service teacher training course leading to qualified teacher status or to registration as a school teacher with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
- Includes GNVQ/GSVQ level 3 or NVQ/SVQ level 3 qualifications.
- Percentages are based on those who have a known source of tuition fees or known highest qualification on entry where appropriate. All numbers of students quoted above have been rounded to the nearest 5.
- Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2002/03 provides a statistical overview of higher education in the UK. It is available from the Customer Services Team, HESA Services Ltd., 95 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ; telephone: 01242 211155. An electronic version on CD-ROM is also available. A list of other publications can be obtained from the Customer Services Team.
- HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties.
- Press enquiries should be directed to Press Officer at HESA, 95 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ; telephone 01242 211133.