An annual report, produced by Higher Education Statistics Agency, which provides details of student enrolments and qualifications.
Higher education enrolments by students from Wales
- In 2016/17, the number of students from Wales enrolled in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) continued its seven year decline, falling to 97,095.
- The fall came from a decrease in the number of part-time students, who dropped by 2,050 (6%) in 2016/17.
- For every 10 males enrolled at a university, there were 14 females.
- The most popular subject group was Subjects Allied to Medicine, with nursing enrolments comprising most of these.
Higher education enrolments in Wales
- Enrollments at Welsh universities declined slightly for a fifth year, to 128,005 in 2016/17.
- The drop was due in part to a fall in the number of students from Wales studying part-time which decreased by 2,085 (7%).
- Full-time undergraduates increased again to the highest number on record, at 79,780.
- Almost half of postgraduates studied part-time, compared to nearly a quarter of undergraduates.
- Over half of students at Welsh universities came from Wales before they began study.
- The most popular subject group at Welsh universities in 2016/17 was Biological Sciences, closely followed by Business & Administrative Studies.
Cross border flows of full-time students
- Wales is a net importer of full-time students from the UK. In 2016/17 Wales accepted 9,350 more students from other UK countries than it sent to them.
- There were 35,390 students from other UK countries at Welsh universities, compared to 26,040 students from Wales studying at HEIs in the rest of the UK.
- Two fifths of undergraduates from Wales studied in England, as did just over one third of postgraduates from Wales.
Higher education qualifications
- The number of qualifications awarded to students from Wales increased to 28,025 in 2016/17.
- Just over three quarters of qualifications awarded to students from Wales were undergraduate.
- The number of qualifications awarded by universities in Wales remained fairly constant in 2016/17, at 40,370.
Numbers of students on Higher Education courses at Welsh Further Education Institutions (FEIs) are available from 2016/17 onwards. They are not included in the analysis below as there is no historic data to compare with; however the data can be viewed using the Coverage marker in the related StatsWales tables.
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