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Higher Education: Admissions

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether designated higher education course places will be included in the Higher Education Funding Council for England student number allocation in the next academic year.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes The Minister for Universities and Science, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Existing legislation does not allow us to impose conditions or sanctions relating to student number controls on privately funded institutions, therefore these courses will not be included in the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) student number allocation in the next academic year. HEFCE's allocations will include places on designated higher education courses at institutions that they fund (and which accounts for most of the designated higher education course places).

However, as we set out in the Higher Education White Paper and associated technical consultation, the future regulatory framework will ensure that providers which access student support funding will have to meet, in a proportionate and risk-based manner, a number of conditions in future including reformed student number controls.

In the meantime the Department receives quarterly updates on the number of students accessing student support on these courses from the Student Loans Company.

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