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Data Provider: Welsh Government Welsh speaking students in Wales, from Wales, by institution
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]
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[Collapse]DomicilePlace where the student is ordinarily resident prior to starting their studies [Filtered]
Domicile 1[Filtered]
Year of Study[Filtered]
[Collapse]Welsh IntensityThe amount of study completed through Welsh[Filtered]
Welsh Intensity 1[Filter]
[Collapse]Welsh SpeakerWhether the student identifies themselves as a Welsh speaker.[Filter]
Welsh Speaker 1
Institution 1
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[Collapse]Higher education and further education institutions10,47010,54546,6607,30574,975
Higher education and further education institutionsAberystwyth University8755451,295252,745
Bangor University1,5505852,065.Data item not applicable4,205
Cardiff UniversityFrom 2004/05 data include student enrolments that were previously classified under University of Wales College of Medicine due to a merger between the institutions in 2004.1,7601,6907,5601011,020
Cardiff Metropolitan UniversityUWIC renamed as Cardiff Metropolitan University8809254,320706,195
Wrexham UniversityGlyndwr University renamed as Wrexham University3806752,660903,805
Gower College Swansea10530.Data item not applicable50
Grwp Llandrillo Menai275190435.Data item not applicable900
NPTC Group25201205180
Open University7201,3605,9306,84514,855
Swansea University1,6501,6106,665.Data item not applicable9,925
University of Wales Trinity Saint DavidUniversity of Lampeter and Trinity College Carmarthen merged in 2011 to form University of Wales Trinity Saint David (re-used code 0176)1,0751,2355,5051157,930
University of South WalesThe University of South Wales is a university in Wales. It was formed on 11 April 2013 from the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport1,2551,69510,07014013,165



Enrolments of Welsh speaking students in Wales

Last update

21 September 2023 21 September 2023

Next update

July 2024 (Provisional)

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Higher education student record, Higher Education Statistics Agency

Contact email

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 data provides information on students taught through the medium of Welsh at Higher Education Institutions in Wales.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collect data on students, staff and resources of higher education institutions (HEIs) in the UK. The data presented in this table is taken from HESA's Student Record which contains information on all students enrolled on credit bearing courses at UK HEIs. Further information about HESA and their data collections can be found on their website

The Student Record contains information about individual enrolments, which, because a student can be enrolled on more than one programme of study, will exceed the number of students. However, previous analysis has shown that for Welsh HEIs full-time enrolments are less than 1 per cent higher than full-time student numbers; part-time enrolments are less than 2 per cent higher than part-time student numbers.
Postdoctoral students are not included in the HESA Student Record.

Students being taught through the medium of Welsh are defined as students studying at least one module with a non-zero proportion of teaching through the medium of Welsh. See dimension notes for more detail.

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

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 2.5 are rounded to 0 and represented as '.'
• All other numbers are rounded to the nearest 5
Total figures are also subject to this rounding methodology; the consequence of which is that the sum of numbers in each row or column may not match the total shown precisely.

Statistical quality

From 2010/11, Further Education (FE) students who were enrolled at Merthyr Tydfil College, Glamorgan were reported to HESA rather than solely to the Lifelong Learning Wales Record (LLWR). In 2009/10 only 950 FE enrolments were registered at Merthyr Tydfil College (as part of Glamorgan University), whilst in 2011/12 the number of FE enrolments was 8,580. The new protocol affecting 2012/13 data meant that the number of these enrolments fell again to 1,850 in 2012/13.
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff changed its name to Cardiff Metropolitan University in late 2011.
In 2009/10, the University of Glamorgan changed its reporting practices for a number of their full-time postgraduate taught students that were active over two reporting years. These students were previously returned as active in their first year but dormant in their second year. For 2009/10 these students are now returned as active in both academic years, in line with HESA reporting requirements. This contributed to Glamorgan reporting an increase of 670 enrolments (around 58 per cent) to its full-time postgraduate taught courses and a subsequent rise in the number of full-time postgraduate enrolments at Welsh HEIs.
In 2008/09, Lampeter University showed a drop of 2,195 part-time other undergraduate enrolments, representing a 39 per cent decrease on 2007/08. This was, in part, due to those students being re-coded as dormant which automatically excluded them from enrolment data.
During 2009/10, Bangor University took part in a trial with an external partner in relation to a large set of their Welsh for Adults data (Further Education enrolments normally included on the HESA record). Due to the nature of the trial, some data was not available before the HESA submission deadline, this resulted in an undercount for that year. In 2011/12 Bangor University recorded a 112 per cent increase in FE enrolments since 2009/10; currently there is no reason to suggest that this is due to anything other than full reporting and increased provision.

For 2017/18, a significant proportion of non-welsh domiciled students were recorded as being Welsh speaker, not fluent for Bangor University. This is believed to be an error in recording and is currently being investigated by the university.