HC Deb 19 May 2003 vol 405 cc553-4W
Paul Farrelly

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many mature students have (a) applied for, (b) taken up, (c) dropped out of and (d) completed a degree course at universities in England in each academic year since 1997. [104704]

Margaret Hodge

The latest available information from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) on applicants and acceptances to full-time undergraduate courses is shown in the table. UCAS does not cover students applying to part-time courses, the majority of whom are mature.

Around three quarters of all mature students enter part-time courses. Information on completion and non-completion rates of HE students is published annually by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in "Performance Indicators in Higher Education (HE)", but these figures do not separately identify mature students.

UK domiciled students aged 21 or over applying to full-time and sandwich undergraduate courses at HE institutions in the UK
Academic Year Applicants Acceptances
1996–97 90,687 59,193
1997–98 97,401 65,799
1998–99 85,859 58,557
1999–2000 81,882 57,439
2000–01 82,060 58,169
2001–02 86,467 63,707
2002–03 89,397 67,011


Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)