Memorandum from the Further Education
Funding Council (HE 80)
ON HE PROVISION
IN FE COLLEGES
In 1998-99, there were 153,200 students enrolled
on HE provision directly in FE colleges. Most of these students
were on part-time programmes and over 60 per cent of the students
were aged over 25. Around 12,000 students were enrolled on degree
or postgraduate programmes, with the remainder enrolled on HNC,
HND and higher level professional and craft qualifications and
In addition to the students enrolled directly
at FE colleges, an estiamted 33,0000 students were enrolled at
HEIs on HE provision which was franchised to FE colleges. As a
result, in total there were around 186,000 HE students in FE colleges
in 1998-99, around 11 per cent of the total HE students in England.
Funding of HE provision in colleges is split
between FEFC and HEFCE. FEFC fund non-prescribed higher education
such as level 4 and 5 professional and craft qualifications and
NVQs in colleges. Up to 1998-99, FEFC also funded HNC qualifications
and a small amount of prescribed HE, such as HNDs, in colleges.
Most HNDs and degrees delivered by colleges were funded by HEFCE.
From 1999-2000, HEFCE became responsible for funding all HNCs,
HNDs and degrees in colleges.
The FEFC has a responsibility to ensure adequacy
and sufficiency of further education provision. It has not funded
growth in non-prescribed HE provision in colleges, resulting in
relatively little change in numbers on HE provision up to 1998-99.
In 1999-2000, HEFCE funded a total of 72,800
students in FE colleges. This is an increase of 2,400 students
over the numbers on equivalent provision in 1998-99. HEFCE have
also awarded 2,200 new places in response to growth bids from
FE colleges for 2000-01.
In addition to the HE provision which is funded
directly by FEFC or HEFCE, HEFCE also fund provision which is
franchised from a higher education institution to a college. There
were 35,800 students on such franchised provision in 1999-2000,
an estimated increase of 2,800 over the number in 1998-99. HEFCE
also estimate that 5,820 out of a total of 18,552 new places awarded
to HEIs in 2000-01 will be franchised to FE colleges.
Sources of data:
Individualised student record (ISR)FEFC
HE statistics for the UKHESA
Note: Figures presented for the 1998-99 year
reflect the total number of valid records processed through a
mapping procedure agreed between FEFC and HESA, and therefore
might differ from those published elsewhere.
Further Education Funding Council