Further Education: Qualifications

Education and Skills written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Boris Johnson Boris Johnson Shadow Minister (Higher Education), Education, Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the completion rates were for students undertaking (a) higher national diplomas and (b) foundation degrees in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education), Department for Education and Skills

Information on the completion rates of students on foundation degrees and higher national diplomas for the last 10 years is not held centrally.

The available information on the qualification rates of students on foundation degrees was published in January 2007 in 'Foundation degrees: key statistics 2001-02 to 2006-07' by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The information, covering students registered at higher education institutions, looked at the qualification rates of students on courses with expected course lengths of two and three years who qualified within these time frames.

The key findings were that, overall, around 77 to 86 per cent. of students had either qualified within the expected course length or were still studying either on a foundation degree course or on another higher education programme. The exact proportion varied depending on the length and mode of study of the course.

The report also contained comparable figures for students on HNDs. These showed a slightly wider variation in the proportion of students who had either qualified within the expected course length or were still studying either on a HND course or on another higher education programme of between 74 to 86 per cent. Again, the exact proportion depended on the length and mode of study.

The complete report is available from the HEFCE website only at:

http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2007/

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