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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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HEAPES17 guidance 

Read the HEAPES7: Higher Education in Alternative Providers Early Statistics Survey 2017-18 guidance

The HEAPES data:

  • gives an early indication, for purposes including government planning, of the number of students starting designated full-time, distance learning and part-time courses in the academic year 2017-18
  • allows us to monitor whether providers subject to a student number control (SNC) are likely to exceed their allocations. The Department for Education will use the data to inform SNCs for the 2018-19 academic year.

Key information

HEAPES17: Higher Education in Alternative Providers Early Statistics Survey 2017-18 (HEFCE 2017/19). This document provides full guidance on completing HEAPES17.

See videos and quizzes to help you understand how to complete HEAPES17

If you have any other questions about this survey, please email

Page last updated 23 October 2017