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Higher Education enrolments rise 4.3%
Total enrolments on higher education courses 2001/02 to 2002/03
Between 2001/02 and 2002/03 enrolments on higher education courses rose by 4.3 per cent to 2,175,115.
Female students made up 58 per cent of the first year student population, unchanged from 2001/02.
The biggest gender gap for first years was at the other undergraduate level (e.g. HNDs and HNCs) where 65 per cent were female and 35 per cent were male. This was a one per cent increase for both groups since 2001/02.
This may be explained by the number of students enrolled on other undergraduate Nursing courses. At this level, 21 per cent of first years were studying Nursing, which was by far the most popular subject choice. The huge gender gap can be accounted for by 89 per cent of Nursing students being female.
At all levels of higher education, 58 per cent (562,035) of first year students were studying full-time in 2002/03, compared to 61 per cent (1,318,065) of students from all years. This is an increase on 2001/02 when 56 per cent and 60 per cent were studying full-time respectively.
Full-time is the most popular mode of study for first year first degree (e.g. BA, BSc) students with 90 per cent studying in this way (the same as the previous year).
Of all of the first year students, 41 per cent were studying for a first degree. Meanwhile, postgraduate students made up 25 per cent and other undergraduate students 34 per cent. In 2001/02, 40 per cent of first years were studying for a first degree and 35 per cent for another undergraduate qualification.