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This updates our previous publication about these rates which looked at trends between 2005-06 and 2010-11.

Note: an error has been found on the young and mature participation splits on these web pages. We have removed these splits until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

International students

What's the story?

Interactive graphs are presented in the tabs above with data from 2003-04 to 2012-13 and provide detailed breakdowns of non-continuation, transfer and subject data.

Key findings

UK domiciled entrants

First degree

Overall, the percentage of UK domiciled first degree entrants not continuing into second year has remained steady. Between 2003-04 and 2009-10 it was around 8.4 per cent. It has since decreased from 8.5 per cent in 2009-10 to 6.6 per cent in 2011-12 before increasing to 7.0 per cent in 2012-13.

The overall trend in percentage of UK domiciled first degree entrants transferring to another HEI has also remained steady, at around 2.8 per cent between 2003-04 and 2008-09. After 2008-09, this decreased to 2.2 per cent in 2009-10 and has remained at around 2.0 per cent since then.

Tuition fees and dropping out

The emerging trends

Foundation degree

The overall trend in the percentage of UK domiciled foundation degree entrants not continuing from their first year to second year has decreased from 20 per cent in 2003-04 to 15 per cent in 2012-13. In addition to this the percentage transferring to another HEI has decreased from 3.4 per cent in 2007-08 to 1.6 per cent in 2012-13.

HND

Between 2003-04 and 2009-10 the proportion of entrants not continuing was around 20 per cent however since 2010-11 this has dropped to around 15 per cent. The number of entrants who transfer to another English HEI is small.

EU entrants

First degree

The percentage of EU entrants who do not continue into second year has been steadily decreasing from 11.2 per cent in 2003-04 to 8 per cent in 2012-13. Over the same time period the percentage who transfer has decreased from 2.2 per cent in 2003-04 to 1.6 per cent in 2012-13.

Non EU entrants

First degree

The proportion of non EU entrants not continuing into second year has decreased from 11.5 per cent in 2003-04 to 6.7 per cent in 2012-13. A similar trend can be observed in the percentage transferring which has decreased from 2.5 per cent in 2003-04 to 1.3 per cent in 2012-13.

Foundation degree

There has been a large decrease in the proportion of non EU entrants who do not continue from first to second year. This has decreased from 23.6 per cent in 2003-04 to 12.2 per cent in 2012-13.

 

Page last updated 7 April 2016