Higher Education: Admissions

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 11th December 2012.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) funded, (b) off quota and (c) private student places for (i) full-time students and (ii) part-time students there were in (A) 2010-11 and (B) 2011-12; how many such places he expects there to be in each remaining year of the comprehensive spending review period; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

Information on the number of Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) fundable full-time and part-time students are shown in the following table. The Department does not set targets or limits for the number of off quota or private student places.

Number of HEFCE fundable students split by mode of attendance
Thousand
  2010/11 2011/12
Full-time HEFCE fundable 972 1,017
Part-time HEFCE fundable 387 372
Total 1,359 1,389
Source: HESES and HEIFES

The Department sets a limit on the number of students starting full-time undergraduate and PGCE study through the Student Number Control for English Higher Education Institutions. It does not set limits for the stock of full-time and part-time students. 2012/13 data will become available when institutions make their HESES returns to HEFCE in mid-December.

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