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Key facts

8.3 per cent fall in part-time undergraduate entrants

7th successive year these numbers have fallen

Numbers of part-time undergraduate entrants fell for a seventh successive year.

An estimated 100,000 students started part-time undergraduate courses at English providers in 2016-17, which was a fall of 8.3 per cent (9,000 students) on the previous year and an overall decline of 61 per cent (159,000) since 2010-11.

A majority of part-time undergraduate students are studying on courses at a level below first degree, such as foundation degrees, HNDs and HNCs. Students on these courses made up almost two-thirds of all part-time undergraduates in 2015-16.

The number of entrants to part-time first degrees has not fallen as sharply as those to other undergraduate programmes, but still declined by about 32 per cent between 2010-11 and 2015-16. The decline has been most severe among older students and those studying at lower levels of intensity.

Page last updated 2 March 2017