Higher Education: Admissions

Department for Education written question – answered on 1st July 2019.

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Photo of Angela Rayner Angela Rayner Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time first degree undergraduates his Department estimates will be studying in higher education institutions in England in (i) 2019-20, (ii) 2020-21, (iii) 2021-22, (iv) 2022-23 and (v) 2023-24.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Vice-Chair, Conservative Party, Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

The Department for Education does not forecast the total number of full-time and part-time first-degree undergraduates studying in higher education institutions (HEIs) in England from 2019/20 to 2023/24. However, the department does publish forecasts for number of loan borrowers and entrants for full-time and part-time undergraduates who are English domiciled and attend UK HEIs, and who are EU domiciled and attend higher education institutions in England.

The latest forecast figures are publicly available in the Student loan forecasts, England: 2018 to 2019 available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/student-loan-forecasts-england-2018-to-2019. The table below summarises the published figures.

Student entrants

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

2022/23

2023/24

Full-time[1]

397,000

390,000

390,000

394,000

399,000

Part-time[2]

120,000

125,000

135,000

135,000

135,000

Total loan borrowers[3]

Full-time

Fee loans

1,110,000

1,110,000

1,115,000

1,115,000

1,125,000

Maintenance loans

1,025,000

1,025,000

1,025,000

1,025,000

1,035,000

Part-time

Fee loans

95,000

105,000

125,000

135,000

140,000

Maintenance loans

45,000

80,000

105,000

125,000

135,000

[1] Figures have been rounded to the nearest 1,000 students and include undergraduates to HEIs only.

[2] Figures have been rounded to the nearest 5,000 students and include undergraduates to HEIs only.

[3] Figures have been rounded to the nearest 5,000 students and include undergraduates to HEIs and alternative providers, as well as PGCE students. Borrowers receiving both tuition fee and maintenance loans for their courses are included in both.

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