§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the combined total of students in further and higher education in each of the past650W five years was expressed as (a) total student enrolments in publicly funded institutions and (b) total full-time equivalents. 
§ Mr. Wicks
[holding answer 15 February 2001]: The information requested is contained in the tables.
Higher education student numbers have steadily increased over recent years. Further education student numbers, on the other hand, have fallen slightly. The main reason for this is the large fall in franchised provision. Previous participation figures were artificially inflated by franchising, some of which offered courses of dubious value. I remain determined to raise student numbers in FE at the same time as I raise the quality of the provision on offer.
Table 1—headcount of student numbers in higher education Thousands Year Number 1995–961 1,355 1996–971 1,382 1997–981 1,414 1998–991 1,442 1999–20002 1,461 1 Actual 2 Provisional
HESA, December record
Table 2—full-time equivalent (FTE) student numbers in higher education Thousands Year Number 1995–961 1,058 1996–971 1,077 1997–981 1,106 1998–991 1,123 1999–20002 1,134 1 Actual 2 Provisional
HESA, December record
Table 3—headcount of student numbers in further education Thousands Year Number 1995–961 4,029 1996–971 4,463 1997–981 4,463 1998–991 4,335 1999–20002 4,274 1Actual 2 Provisional
Table 4—full-time equivalent (FTE) student numbers in further education Thousands Year Number 1995–961 1,198 1996–971 1,215 1997–981 1,160 1998–992 1,149 1999–20002 — 1Actual 2 Provisional
- 1. All figures are on a whole year basis, and are for England only.
- 2. In 1998–99, three colleges transferred from the FE sector to the HE sector. Student numbers in these colleges are included in Tables 3 and 4 until 1997–98, and in Tables 1 and 2 from 1998–99.
- 3. In 1999–2000, one FE sector college merged with an HE institution. Student numbers in this college are included in Tables 3 and 4 until 1998–99; from 1999–2000 this college is considered part of the HE sector.
- 4. While funding for HNC and HND students in FE sector colleges transferred from FEFC to HEFCE in 1999–2000, their numbers appear in Table 3 throughout (as FEFC-funded students until 1998–99, then as non FEFC-funded students), and in Table 4 until 1998–99. Their numbers do not appear in Tables 1 or 2 in any year.
The data include only those students on higher education courses at publicly funded HE institutions. Includes home, EU and overseas students filling places funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England or by other sources. Includes students on Open University courses.
The data include only those students on higher education courses at publicly funded HE institutions. Includes home, EU and overseas students filling places funded by the Higher Education Funding
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Council for England or by other sources. Includes students on Open University courses. The full-time equivalent factor used for part-time students is 0.35.
The data include FEFC-funded and non FEFC-funded students in FE sector colleges and FEFC-funded students in External Institutions, Specialist Designated Institutions and Higher Education Institutions.
In line with the normal publishing convention, Further Education FTE data include FEFC-funded and non FEFC-funded FE students in FE sector colleges, FEFC-funded FE students in External Institutions, Specialist Designated Institutions and Higher Education Institutions, and non FEFC-funded FE students in Adult Education Centres. Also included are FEFC-funded HE students in FE sector colleges. FTE figures are not yet available for 1999–2001.
ISR; FEFC Aggregate Record