QAA collects and publishes statistical data about Access to HE students each year. We work with organisations such as UCAS (the universities and colleges admissions service), The Data Service, and the Higher Education Statistics Agency so that we can provide as full a picture as possible about Access to HE students from England and Wales and their achievements and progress into and through higher education.
Key statistics 2012 provides a brief summary of statistical information about the characteristics of students who were on Access to HE courses in 2010-11 (including information about gender, ethnicity, age, disability and socio-demographic profiles), their achievement and success rates, the numbers who apply and progress to higher education, and what most of them go on to study.
Joint agency statistical report 2012 is a composite report made up of reports from different organisations. It provides much more detailed statistical information than Key statistics, in a wider range of areas, for both England and Wales. Many of these reports include trend data and comparative data to show the characteristics and performance of Access to HE students in comparison with students who have other qualifications. They include information about:
- Access to HE course providers
- Access to HE courses available and running
- Access to HE student registrations and profiles
- completion, achievement and withdrawal rates on Access to HE courses
- the number of Access to HE Diplomas awarded (in different subjects)
- the number of Access to HE students who apply to and who are accepted to HE, and the subjects they apply to
- the number of Access to HE students from deprived areas and from areas of low HE participation
- the distance travelled by former Access to HE students to the HE institution where they are accepted
- the number of Access to HE students who go on to full-time and part-time HE courses
- the number of Access to HE students who go on to first degree and other HE programmes
- the number of former Access to HE students studying in different subjects
- the HE institutions which accept the largest numbers of Access to HE students
- the characteristics of former Access to HE students in HE
- the number of former Access to HE students who were awarded qualifications in HE institutions, and the subjects in which they were awarded
- the classification of degrees achieved by former Access to HE students
- the non-continuation rate in HE for mature students with an Access to HE qualification
- the employment rate after graduation of former mature Access to HE students.
Reports from previous years are also available from the Archive: Key statistics and Joint agency reports