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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Students on ITE courses in Wales, as at 1 December, by degree type and year - Archived - No longer updated
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]Home RegionPermanent address before starting course (domicile)[Filtered]
[Collapse]Home Region 1[Filter]
Home Region 2[Filter]
[Collapse]Welsh MediumWhether the course enables the student to teach bilingually<br />                [Filtered]
Welsh Medium 1[Filter]
[Collapse]School levelAlso known as \'School Phase\'<br />                [Filtered]
[Collapse]School level 1[Filter]
School level 2[Filter]
[Collapse]SexTotal 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 study[Filtered]
Year of study 1[Filter]
[Collapse]Degree typePostgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or First Degree leading to Qualified Teaching Status[Filter]
Degree type 1
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Other DegreeOther degree leading to QTS960875860790715655675735



Students on ITE courses in Wales, as at 1 December

Last update

25th May 2023 25th May 2023

Next update

Archived - No longer updated

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Higher education student record, Higher Education Statistics Agency

Contact email


National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation


Geographical coverage


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 students who are active on 1st December 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 enrolments at December 1st and have been rounded to the nearest 5. From 2007/08 the December population will not include students who are on sabbatical or writing-up.

Data collection and calculation

Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

Frequency of publication


Data reference periods

The HESA December population is a count of all active student instances at the 1st December during the reporting period. Students who leave before this date, or who enrol after this date are not included in the December 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:
• Numbers less than 3 are rounded to 0 and represented as '.'
• All other numbers are rounded to the nearest 5

Revisions information

The Open University currently records all students on ITE courses in the Welsh national centre of the Open University as training to teach in Welsh. This resulted in an over-reporting of students training to teach bilingually in 2020/21. These figures have since been revised following work with HEFCW and the Open University. The Welsh government now obtain information regarding students training to teach bilingually directly from the Open University to provide amended figures annually.

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.