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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Year one outcomes

This identifies the outcomes for undergraduate students at the end of the first year of their first degree course and shed light on the different pathways that can be followed by first degree students.

The most common outcome for students is to continue into year two in the same subject at the same institution. More than 80 per cent of students do this each year, but this means that approximately one in five students do not continue straight on to the second year of their degree course.

The second most common outcome is to leave higher education, but almost as many students repeat year one in the same subject at the same institution as leave.

More students change subject each year than switch between universities. The least common outcome is to switch university, stay in the same subject area and enter at a year beyond year one. This is the outcome that would most likely involve the transfer of academic credit.

View the full report of Year 1 outcomes for first degree students, HEFCE2017/27


Please contact Rebecca Finlayson, Analysis for Policy Team, tel 0117 931 7407, email

Page last updated 4 December 2017