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Higher Education: Private Sector

Question for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

UIN 37671, tabled on 19 May 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many full-time students in receipt of a student loan completed undergraduate qualifications between 2011 and 2015 at alternative providers of higher education.

Answered on

24 May 2016

The Student Loans Company (SLC) publishes information on the number of full-time students in receipt of loans for tuition fees and living costs at alternative providers. Statistics on the loans issued by the SLC are available at the link:

All alternative providers with courses designated for student support are now required to complete an annual data return to the Higher Education Statistical Authority (HESA). Data on enrolments and qualifications obtained by students on designated courses of Higher Education at alternative providers in England have been collected by HESA since 2014/15. The first release of these statistics is scheduled for 15th June and will be available via the link:

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills monitors the performance of alternative providers, to ensure both quality and value for money. The Government’s recent White Paper, “Success as a Knowledge Economy”, will further reinforce our focus on quality, value for money and teaching excellence, ensuring that all students have access to the information they need in order to choose their university course.

Answered by

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
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