Foundation Degrees

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

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Labour, Warrington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of foundation degrees he estimates will be validated by (a) further education colleges and (b) universities in each region in each year from 2009 to 2020, broken down by age group of students and taking into account the anticipated changes in demography in each region if the proposals currently before the House relating to franchise rights are enacted.

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

holding answer 6 June 2007

Estimates of the data requested have not been made by the Department.

A report published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in January 2007 (Foundation Degrees: Key Statistics 2001-02 to 2006-07) shows that in the academic year 2004-05, a total of 83 higher education institutions (HEIs) and 255 further education colleges were involved with foundation degree provision. The following table shows the number of students registered and taught at each type of institution, and whether these students were studying on a full-time or part-time basis:

Home foundation degree entrants in 2004-05 at HEIs and FEIs in England
Institution Full-time Part-time Total
R eg. T aught Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage Percentage full-time
HEI HEI 4,950 39 4,365 56 9,315 45 53
HEI HEI and FEI 145 1 40 1 185 1 78
HEI FEI 4,365 34 1,665 21 6,030 29 72
FEI FEI 3,295 26 1,750 22 5,040 25 66
Total 12,750 100 7,815 100 20,570 100 62

It should not, however, be inferred from this data that any particular proportion of foundation degree students will in future be undertaking programmes at a college with powers to award its own foundation degrees.

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