Details of student enrolments and qualifications for September 2017 to August 2018.
This is not the latest release in the series: Students in higher education
Higher education enrolments by students from Wales
- In 2017/18, the number of students from Wales enrolled in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) continued its eight year decline, falling slightly to 96,780.
- The fall came from a decrease in the number of part-time students, who dropped by 1,880 (6%) in 2017/18.
- For every 2 males enrolled at a university, there were 3 females.
- The number of full-time undergraduate students from Wales has increased from 59,745 to 60,155 in 2017/18 (up 1%).
- The number of postgraduate students from Wales has increased from 15,350 to 16,665 in 2017/18 (up 9%).
- The most popular subject group was Subjects Allied to Medicine, with nursing enrolments comprising most of these.
Higher education enrolments in Wales
- Enrolments at Welsh universities remained at a similar level in 2017/18, following five years of decline.
- There was a decrease of 1,995 (7%) in the number of undergraduate students studying part-time.
- Full-time undergraduates increased again to the highest number on record, at 80,690.
- The number of postgraduate enrolments increased from 24,365 to 25,205 in 2017/18 (up 3%).
- Around two in five postgraduates studied part-time, compared to only one in five undergraduates.
- Over half of students at Welsh universities came from Wales before they began study.
- The most popular subject group at Welsh universities in 2017/18 was Biological Sciences, followed by Subjects allied to medicine.
Cross border flows of full-time students
- Wales is a net importer of full-time students from the UK. In 2017/18 Wales accepted 9,795 more students from other UK countries than it sent to them.
- There were 36,290 students from other UK countries at Welsh universities, compared to 26,495 students from Wales studying at HEIs in the rest of the UK.
- Two in five undergraduates from Wales studied in England, as did just over one in three postgraduates from Wales.
Higher education qualifications
- The number of qualifications awarded to students from Wales decreased to 27,980 in 2017/18.
- Just over three quarters of qualifications awarded to students from Wales were undergraduate.
- The number of qualifications awarded by universities in Wales fell slightly in 2017/18, to 40,085.
Higher Education at Further Education Institutions (FEIs) in Wales
- The number of students on higher education courses at FEIs in Wales are available from 2016/17 onwards.
- The number of students on higher education courses at FEIs in Wales has increased from 1,400 in 2016/17 to 1,670 in 2017/18.
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