This note contains supporting information for the statistical release ‘Foundation Years statistics', including further detail on the background of the publication and an overview of the data sources. For information on data processing and data quality of these statistics, please see the methodology section.
Background to the publication
This statistics publication presents an overview of foundation years provision, participation and outcomes at Higher Education Providers (HEPs), for UK domiciled learners in England in the academic year 2021/22, as well as some time series analysis dating back (in most cases) to 2010/11.
Throughout this publication, foundation years refers to students in year 0 of their course. First year undergraduates refers to those in year 1 of their course.
The statistics show how foundation years provision, participation and outcomes compare to those of comparable undergraduates. The coverage has focused on English HEPs and UK domiciled learners because this is the group most likely to be impacted by the Government's reforms.
Previous publications on foundation years
The OfS, HESA, and HEPI have all published analysis and research on foundation years, which can be found at the links below:
Figures may not match these publications due to differences in the way data on foundation years has been filtered and analysed.
Other related statistical releases
Statistics on students at higher education providers are published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), and are available through HESA’s Student Open Data pages: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/students
HESA does not report data on foundation years students separately, but are instead included within figures reflecting ‘first year first degree undergraduate students’. This new analysis breaks down this data to separate out foundation years. Counts of foundation year entrants and enrolments have also been restricted to exclude those domiciled in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
Statistics on graduate outcomes are published by HESA at: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/graduates
Median earnings of graduates and the proportion of graduates going onto employment or further study by subject studied are extracted from the Department for Education's Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) database.
The publication presents analysis of the HE sector sourced from the Higher Education Statistics Agency’s (HESA) ‘Student’ and ‘Student Alternative’ records for HEPs.
The HESA ‘Student’ and ‘Student Alternative’ records collect information on all students at higher education providers in England who follow courses that lead to the award of a qualification or provider credit. The data collections include the following information about students:
•Place of study
•Courses and modules they are undertaking
•Entry qualifications and socio-economic backgrounds