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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics First Years from Wales on secondary school ITE courses in the UK by subject and country of study
[Collapse]Home RegionPermanent address before starting course (domicile)[Filtered]
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[Collapse]Degree TypePostgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or First Degree leading to Qualified Teaching Status[Filtered]
Degree Type 1[Filtered]
[Collapse]SexTotal persons includes those of indeterminate and unknown sex from 2007/08, and those categorised as \'Other\' from 2012/13. <br />                [Filtered]
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Year of study 1[Filter]
Subject 1[Filter]
[Collapse]Country of StudyCountry of study is determined by the administrative centre of the institution in which a student is enrolled.[Filter]
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[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
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General description

This table provides information about the subjects studied students from Wales enrolled on courses of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) provided through UK 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 from Wales on ITE courses in the UK by subject

Last update

26th May 2023 26th 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

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.

The underlying subject data for the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course subjects has changed from 2019/20 due to a change from JACS subject coding to HECOS subject coding. More details on the HECOS subject coding can be found on the HESA webpage:


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.