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Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of those who have received a foundation degree have gone on to enrol on an honours degree course since the inception of such degrees, broken down by (a) year and (b) type of honours institution; and what proportion of such enrolment was into (i) pre-1992 and (ii) post-1992 university. 
Mr. Lammy: The latest available information published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is shown in table 1. This information is not available by type of honours institution, or pre/post 1992 university.
|Table 1: Home foundation degree qualifiers( 1) who progressed to an honours degree; English higher education institutionsacademic years 2004/05 and 2005/06|
|Progression to honours degree programmes||Number of qualifiers||Percentage||Number of qualifiers||Percentage|
|(1) Some students qualify with an honours degree without being reported as gaining a foundation degree. These qualifiers are excluded from the analysis presented here.|
Foundation degrees 2007/03 and Foundation degrees 2008/16 reports published by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
The available information on Foundation Degree (FD) qualifiers from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) who went on to study a first degree in the following academic year only is shown in table 2. The figures were derived from the destinations surveys, which collect information about the destinations of qualifiers six months after qualification. Figures for 2007/08 will be available in July 2009.
The available information is limited to qualifiers who went on to study for a first degree in the year immediately following qualification: it does not cover those who chose to progress to a first degree at a later stage.
For a number of reasons, it is difficult to draw reliable conclusions about the trends in the numbers of FD qualifiers who went on to study for a first degree in the following academic year. FDs were only introduced in 2001/02 and until 2004/05 there were relatively low numbers of qualifiers, which makes the figures inherently more volatile. It is also important to note that FD qualifiers tend to be older than qualifiers from other levels of study. Older qualifiers are less likely to go on to study for a first degree in the year immediately following qualification, because they are often already employed and tend to have other financial and domestic commitments. They may therefore be more likely to proceed to further study at a later date.
|Table 2: Number of UK domiciled foundation degree qualifiers and the number of those who went on to study for a first degree in the following academic year by type of institution; UK higher education institutionsacademic years 2002/03 to 2006/07|
|(1) Covers students who are participating in (a) work and further study and (b) further study only, based on their situation six months after obtaining their qualification. Not all students provide information of their destination.|
(2) Old covers pre-1992 universities.
(3) New covers post-1992 universities.
(4) Other HEIs covers Higher Education colleges.
(5) Other/unknown includes other UK institution; other non-UK institution; other public body in the UK; other private body in the UK; UK FE college; unknown and missing.
Figures have been rounded to the nearest five. Percentages are calculated on unrounded figures.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE)
Mr. Lammy: Qualifiers from foundation degrees by employment sector are not available. The latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for qualifiers from foundation degrees by subject of study have been provided as an alternative. The HESA student record only covers qualifiers from higher education institutions (HEIs).
|Table 1: Qualifiers( 1) from foundation degrees by subject of study, English higher education institutions, academic years 2002/03 to 2006/07|
|Subject of study||2002/03||2003/04||2004/05||2005/06||2006/07|
|(1) Figures cover qualifiers from all domiciles and modes of study.|
Figures are based on a HESA qualifications obtained population and have been rounded to the nearest five, so components may not sum to totals.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
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