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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics First years on ITE courses in Wales by disability and year
CoverageFor data between 2008/09 and 2012/13, students in the Open University in Wales are identified as students at the Open University who are funded by the Higher Education Funding Council. Between 2013/14 and 2019/20, they are identified as Welsh domiciled students studying at the Open University. From 2020/21, they are counted as students registered at the Welsh national centre of the Open University.[Filtered]
[Collapse]Year of study[Filtered]
Year of study 1[Filtered]
Degree typePostgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or First Degree leading to Qualified Teaching Status[Filter]
Degree type 1[Filter]
[Collapse]School LevelAlso known as \'School Phase\'[Filtered]
[Collapse]School Level 1[Filter]
School Level 2[Filter]
[Collapse]DisabilityDisabilities are self-reported and may not include everyone with a particular disability.[Filtered]
[Collapse]Disability 1
Disability 2
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All[Expand]No known disability1,6751,6501,6301,5201,3851,1951,1351,0759609501,4451,400
[Collapse]Known disability110110115135115115105125105125235210
Known disabilitySpecific Learning Difficulty e.g. dyslexia6070758065555550556011080
Blind/ Partially sighted.Data item not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.Data item not applicable.The data item is not applicable.Data item not applicable.The data item is not applicable5.Data item not applicable.Data item not applicable.Data item not applicable.Data item not applicable
Deaf/ Hearing impairment55.Data item not applicable555555555
Physical impairment / mobility issues10510.Data item not applicable55.Data item not applicable5.Data item not applicable5.Data item not applicable5
Mental health condition, e.g. depression555151515152015305560
Social/communication impairment e.g. autistic spectrum disorder.Data item not applicable.Data item not applicable.Data item not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.Data item not applicable.Data item not applicable55.Data item not applicable105
A long standing illness / health condition e.g. diabetes, cancer151515151525202015102515
Multiple disabilities55.Data item not applicable1055510552025
Other disability not listed5551010.Data item not applicable101510101515


General description

This table provides information about the disabilities of students enrolled on Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses 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 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 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.


First years on ITE courses in Wales by disability and year

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

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

England and Wales

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


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

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.