Higher Education: Further Education

Innovation, Universities and Skills written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of Stephen Williams Stephen Williams Shadow Secretary of State (Innovation, Universities and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of students studying for a higher education qualification in a further education college are (a) directly funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, (b) funded via a university and (c) funded by the Learning and Skills Council; and what proportion each of these groups form of the total number of higher education students in England.

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

The latest available information is given in the table.

Higher education enrolments by source of funding, English further education colleges( 1) , 2005/06( 2) and 2006/07( 3) academic years
Number Proportion (Percentage) Proportion of all higher education enrolments( 4) (Percentage)
Total higher education enrolments at further education colleges(5) 181,055 100.0 9.2
Of Which:
Directly funded by HEFCE(6) 54,250 30.0 2.8
Funded via a university(7) 50,015 27.6 2.5
Funded by LSC 55,675 30.7 2.8
(1) The figures have not been adjusted for colleges that transferred during this period from the FE to the HE sector, or for those which merged with HE institutions.

(2) Funded via a university figures come from the 2005/06 HESA record. 2006/07 HESA data are available but the equivalent analysis has not been performed.

(3) 2006/07 data is provisional. The final sweep of 2006/07 data will be available in January 2009.

(4) All higher education enrolments cover higher education enrolments at further education colleges plus higher education enrolments at higher education institutions. The underlying higher education institution data comes from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record and is on a DIUS whole year count basis. Includes students registered by an English HE institution that are taught at any UK FE college (not just English FE colleges).

(5) Includes students with other sources of funding, therefore the sum of HEFCE funded, funded via a university and LSC funded will not sum to the number of all enrolments; likewise the proportions will not sum to 100 per cent.

(6) Includes students funded via a HEFCE-recognised funding consortium led by an HE institution.

(7) Include students registered at any English HE institution, this includes HE colleges as well as universities.


1. Figures are on a DIUS whole year count basis, which counts students enrolled at any point in the academic year.

2. Figures have been rounded to the nearest five and proportions have been rounded to one decimal place.


Learning and Skills Council (LSC) individualised learner record (ILR) apart from funded via a university figures which are from the 2005/06 Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record.

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