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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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Time series data

Each visual allows users to consider the series against one other student characteristic (for example, engineering and technology by students' disability status).


Headcount measures


Full-time equivalent measures

Compare two subject areas

Each visual allows users to consider the comparison against up to two student characteristics (for example, French studies compared with Italian studies, by student age and the type of institution).

Headcount measures


Full-time equivalent measures


See the outcomes from full-time study across different HE study areas.  

A-level and UCAS data

The data provided in the excel file below give a picture of the numbers studying at A-level in different subject areas. The file also shows numbers applying to full-time HE at undergraduate level via UCAS. 

About the data

Find out more about this base of evidence, its history, development, coverage and definitions.

Next steps

See how we intend to use these data, and our interpretation in key areas of policy.

Frequently asked questions

Common questions about the data and the interactive charts. 

Further information

For queries relating to the interactive charts and tables, including feedback relating to the onward development of HEFCE’s evidence base in relation to subject data, please contact or

For all other queries relating to HEFCE’s SIVS policy please contact