As part of the wider programme of research which comprises the evaluation of the introduction of the Early Years Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degree (EYSEFD), the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to compile an administrative database of statistical information. This involved the collection of aggregate statistical information on students taking the EYSEFD at all DfES recognised institutions and their affiliated partners during the first two academic years in which the course was run (2003/4 and 2004/5).

This brief summarises the findings of the second annual administrative database data collection exercise. The findings relate to students who began the course for the first time from September 2003 onwards.

A key aim of the database was to provide an updated source of statistical information about student take-up of the EYSEFD, retention throughout the course and achievement of the Foundation Degree.


  • Introduction and Background
  • Institutional settings
  • Demographic characteristics of all students
  • Demographic characteristics of former students
  • Mode of attendance and receipt of APL/ APEL
  • Routes through the Foundation Degree
  • Financial assistance for students
  • Additional Information