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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 - www.hefce.ac.uk - 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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The interactive graphs on this page show data for full-time, first degree, UK domiciled entrants to higher education institutions (HEIs) in England between 2008-09 and 2015-16

They provide detailed breakdowns of:

  • non-continuation rates - the proportion of students starting a first degree but leaving higher education either during or at the end of their first year
  • continuation rates - the proportion of students who continue into the second year of their course
  • transfer rates - the proportion of students who leave their initial institution during the first year and start at a different institution.

Explore the data

Key findings

Non-continuation

Non-continuation overall has increased from 7.4 per cent for entrants in 2014-15 to 7.6 per cent for entrants in 2015-16 continuing the upward trend that started from 2011-12.

This increase is consistent for male and female students as well as for young and mature students.

The gap in non-continuation rates for black students has increased from 10.3 per cent in 2014-15 to 11.4 per cent in 2015-16. Over the same time, the non-continuation rates gap between white and Asian students has increased from 8.8 per cent to 9.4 per cent whilst the rate has remained at 6.9 per cent for white students.

The lowest non-continuation is 3.8 per cent for students who entered with three A-levels. For students with three BTECs the rate is 14.3 per cent. All A-level grades have a non continuation rate of 7 per cent whilst all BTEC grades have a non-continuation rate between 10 and 21 per cent.

Non continuation by entry qualifications w shading

Transfers

The proportion of students transferring has increased from 2.4 per cent in 2014-15 to 2.6 per cent in 2015-16.

This increase is consistent for young and mature students as well as for male and female students.

The lowest rate of transfer is for students with the International Baccalaureate, at 1.4 per cent, compared to students with three BTECs which have a transfer rate of 4.0 per cent.

Note

The charts on these tabs allow the user to explore the timeseries of changes through the line chart at the top of the page and also to explore the 2015-16 data in more detail in the bar chart below. However, for 2015-16, the entry qualifications have been enhanced to better capture the BTEC entry grades.

Time series and two-way splits

The interactive graphs below show data about full-time, first degree, UK domiciled entrants to HEFCE-funded HEIs from 2008-09 to 2015-16

Please note that all numbers are rounded to the nearest five and categories with fewer than 23 entrants have been suppressed.

 

 

About the charts

These charts show rates for full-time first degree UK-domiciled entrants to higher education institutions (HEIs) in England who are no longer in HE, split by student and course characteristics between 2008-09 and 2015-16. The charts focus on the outcome of students one year after entry, and use the same methodology as outlined in the UK performance indicators publication.

The charts show data for:

- non-continuation rates: the proportion of students starting a first degree but leaving higher education during or after their first year

- continuation rates: the proportion of students who complete their degree courses

- transfer rates: the proportion of students who leave their first degree course during the first year and start a different degree course.

The rates are broken down by different characteristics:

- age

- subject studied

- sex

- ethnicity

- disability

- young participation rate

- qualification on entry

- term-time accommodation.

The first graph shows the percentages of entrants either transferring or no longer in HE at the end of their first year split by chosen characteristic selected in the drop-down box.

The second chart allows the user to use the drop-down box to select a second characteristic to break the data down by for the 2015-16 entrants.

Benchmarked data

The interactive graph below shows benchmarked data for the factors in the timeseries data tab about full-time, first degree, UK domiciled entrants to HEFCE-funded HEIs from 2008-09 to 2015-16. These are benchmarked for age, entry qualifications and subject of study.

A value of greater than zero shows that the actual value is higher than expected even after taking into account the factors above. A value of less than zero shows a lower value than expected. Please note that categories with fewer than 23 entrants have been suppressed.

 

About the graph

This graph shows rates for full-time first degree UK-domiciled entrants to higher education institutions (HEIs) in England who are no longer in HE, split by student and course characteristics between 2008-09 and 2015-16. The graph focuses on the outcome of students one year after entry, and uses the same methodology as outlined in the UK performance indicators publication.

The chart provides detailed breakdowns of:

- non-continuation rates: the proportion of students starting a first degree but leaving higher education during or after their first year

- continuation rates: the proportion of students who complete their degree courses

- transfer rates: the proportion of students who leave their first degree course during the first year and start a different degree course.

The performance indicators methodology used in the UK publication compares the actual transfer rates to the expected transfer rates given the profile of entrants. This expected rate (or benchmark rate) is calculated based on three factors:

- age

- subject studied

- qualifications on entry. 

These benchmark values have been calculated to allow meaningful comparisons to be made between types of students, but taking into account that other factors are known to influence non-continuation and transfer rates. This means that, when considering a characteristic’s benchmarked values, the effects of age, subject and entry qualifications are taken into account. 

The graph shows the difference between the actual value and the benchmarked value for the outcome at the end of the first year split by your chosen characteristic selected in the drop-down box.

Page last updated 15 March 2018