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Students obtaining university degrees


Source: House of Commons Library – Education: Historical statistics


  • Figures are for students from all domiciles.
  • Full-time first degree students only.
  • 1994 onwards includes former Polytechnics and the Open University.
  • 2000 onwards includes students qualifying from ‘dormant’ status – where a student is not actively studying for their qualification. This may be where there is an administrative delay between completion and award.



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