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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics First years from Wales on ITE courses in the UK by home region and country of study
[Collapse]School level                    Also known as \'School Phase\'<br />                [Filtered]
[Collapse]School level 1[Filter]
School level 2[Filter]
[Collapse]LevelPostgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or First Degree leading to Qualified Teaching Status[Filtered]
Level 1[Filter]
YearFrom 2007/08 students at the Open University who are funded by HEFCW are included under Welsh HEIs rather than English HEIs. [Filtered]
[Collapse]Sex                    Total persons includes those of indeterminate and unknown sex from 2007/08, and those categorised as \'Other\' from 2012/13. <br />                [Filtered]
Sex 1[Filter]
[Collapse]Year of studyFirst year students are based on the HESA standard registration population who commenced their programme of study in the reporting period relevant to the data collection year.[Filtered]
Year of study 1[Filtered]
[Collapse]Country of StudyCountry of study is determined by the administrative centre of the institution in which a student is enrolled.[Filter]
Country of Study 1
[Collapse]Home RegionPermanent address before starting course (domicile)[Filter]
Home Region 1
[Collapse]TotalTotal includes a small number of students from institutions in Northern Ireland and ScotlandClick here to sortTotalTotal includes a small number of students from institutions in Northern Ireland and Scotland
Click here to sortWalesClick here to sortEngland
[Collapse]All Regions1,3605351,895
All RegionsNorth WalesIsle of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham195230425
Mid and South West WalesPowys, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot440110550
Central South WalesBridgend, The Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil490110600
South East WalesCaerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Newport23585320



First years from Wales on ITE courses in the UK

Last update

25th May 2023 25th May 2023

Next update

May 2024

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Higher education student record, Higher Education Statistics Agency

Contact email


National Statistics

Geographical coverage

Welsh Government education regions

Languages covered

English and Welsh

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description

This table provides information about enrolments on courses of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) provided through Welsh higher education institutions.

To teach as a qualified teacher in a maintained school or non-maintained special school in Wales or England, students need to obtain QTS. Students can do this by either undertaking a first degree course which combines a degree - usually a BEd, BA or BSc - with QTS or by completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course which leads to QTS. There are alternative employment-based routes to obtaining QTS but these are not covered in this bulletin.

Figures represent all year enrolments and have been rounded to the nearest 5. From 2007/08 the standard registration population will not include those students on sabbatical or writing-up.

Data collection and calculation

Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record.

Frequency of publication


Data reference periods

The HESA standard registration population is a count of all enrolments within the reporting year 1 August to 31 July. Students who leave within 2 weeks of their start date, or anniversary of their start date, and are on a course of more than two weeks duration, are not included in the standard registration population. Dormant students, incoming visiting and exchange students from overseas and students studying for the whole of their programme of study outside of the UK are also excluded from this population.

Rounding applied

The presentation of figures in this table follows the principals of the HESA rounding strategy. The strategy is intended to prevent the disclosure of personal information about any individual. This strategy involves rounding all numbers to the nearest 5. A summary of this strategy is as follows:
• Counts of people are rounded to the nearest multiple of 5.

Revisions information

Prior to publication of the 2021/22 data, students on ‘Early Years Initial Teacher Training’ courses were included in the data. These students are no longer treated as QTS students and are therefore removed from the data. 2020/21 figures were revised to reflect this change. The impact of this change appears to be minimal.

Prior to publication of the 2021/22 data, students on ‘Postgraduate Diploma in Education’ courses were incorrectly treated as PGCE students, resulting in an over-reporting of students on PGCE courses. These students are now treated as students on ‘Other’ degrees where they lead to QTS. 2020/21 data was revised to reflect this change. The impact of this change appears to be minimal.

Statistical quality

Care should be taken when comparing data on all students over time since courses lengths can vary. For example, many previously 4 year first degree courses are now 3 year courses.


ITT ITE Initial Teacher Training Wales Trainee PGCE QTS Qualified Teacher Status Education