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  • Release date: 20 February 2014
  • Period covered: 2012/13
An annual report showing information for number of enrolments and qualifications.

This bulletin is based on statistics produced by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and follow on from the statistics previously released by HESA on 16 January 2014.

Key points

  • In 2012/13, there were 128,780 higher education enrolments at Welsh HEIs, a fall of two percent since 2011/12. HE enrolments by Welsh domiciled students at all UK HEIs saw a small decrease compared with 2011/12.
  • At Welsh HEIs, full-time enrolments remained the same as 2011/12 levels.┬áPart-time enrolments fell by six per cent in 2012/13 compared with the previous year. Part-time enrolments represent 28 per cent of all enrolments in 2012/13 compared with 40 per cent at the 2006/07 peak.
  • In 2012/13 there were 101,270 Welsh domiciled higher education enrolments at UK HEIs, approximately 800 fewer than in the previous year. Part-time undergraduate enrolments fell by four per cent but part-time postgraduate enrolments rose by four per cent.
  • There were 22,490 qualifications obtained at Welsh HEIs, at first degree level, in 2012/13, a small increase on the previous year. First degrees accounted for 53 per cent of qualifications obtained at HEIs in Wales in 2012/13.
  • In 2012/13, there were 21,610 Welsh domiciled enrolments at UK HEIs outside of Wales and 33,080 enrolments at Welsh HEIs from students normally resident elsewhere in the UK. Wales remained a net importer of students, although the net flow into Wales fell by 12 per cent in 2012/13.


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