The third degree: Better-funded vocational training courses may compete with universities

Universities provide higher education, leading to qualifications such as bachelor's degrees, foundation degrees, master's degrees and higher education diplomas. Over the past five years, the industry has faced challenges stemming from cuts to the level of funding received from the government. As a result, the percentage of revenue generated from tuition fees has increased over the period following a rise on the cap on undergraduate tuition fees from £3,000 in 2012 to £9,250 in 2017. Higher fees led to a temporary fall in student enrolments prior to the beginning of the period; however, these levels have since recovered and UCAS reported a record percentage of 27.9% of young people going to university in England in more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Future performance is likely to depend on changes in regulation and government funding
  • Part-time student numbers have fallen considerably over the past five years
  • The decline of government funding directed to universities’ incomes is expected to continue
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Universities offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses covering both core and specialist subjects. While some universities are multi-disciplinary, many focus on specific areas; for example, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama is known for its provision of high-quality performance art courses. According to UCAS, for the 2017-18 academic year, the most popular area of study as determined by applicant numbers, was subjects allied to medicine. This is expected to remain the most popular subject in the current year. This is a broad subject area, including courses such as nursing, nutrition, pharmacology and pathology but does not include medicine or dentistry. Bus...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Universities Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Universities Industry are

  • Having a good reputation
  • Use of specialist equipment or facilities
  • Experienced work force
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Participation of 16-18 year olds in full-time education and National unemployment rate in the Universities industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Universities Industry?

    Universities offer higher education, leading to qualifications such as bachelor’s degrees, foundation degrees, master’s degrees and higher education diplomas. Operators in this industry provide full and part-time teaching and training that leads to both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications.

    Industry Products
  • First degrees
  • PGCEs and ProfGCEs
  • Foundation degrees
  • HND and DipHE
  • Other undergraduate qualifications
  • Taught master's degrees
  • Doctorate and research master's degrees
  • Other postgraduate qualifications
  • Industry Activities
  • Teaching first degrees
  • Teaching taught and research master's degrees
  • Teaching postgraduate certificates in education
  • Teaching foundation degrees
  • Teaching other undergraduate and postgraduate professional qualifications
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Participation of 16-18 year olds in full-time education
  • National unemployment rate
  • Public-sector funding for higher level education
  • Real household disposable income
  • Population aged 16 to 25 years

  • Current Performance
  • Degrees of demand
  • Part-time problems
  • First class fees
  • Academic competition
  • Cutting costs
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Projected growth
  • Changes to funding
  • Increasing investments
  • Lower regulations
  • Leaving the

    European Union

  • Table: Universities Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Universities Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Financial Management
  • Consultant Engineering Services
  • Hospitals

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer & Peripheral Equipment Wholesaling
  • Health Care, Education, Cultural Services and Other Social Services Regulation
  • Newsagents & Stationery Stores
  • Office Furniture Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • First degrees
  • Taught master's degrees
  • Doctorate and research master's degrees
  • Other postgraduate qualifications
  • Other undergraduate qualifications
  • HND and DipHE
  • PGCEs and ProfGCEs
  • Foundation degrees
  • Chart: Universities Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Students aged 20 and under
  • Students aged between 21 and 24
  • Students aged 30 and over
  • Students aged between 25 and 29
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Universities Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Universities

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Universities Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Universities Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Universities Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Higher Education Funding Council For England
  • A body of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills that distributes funding to English higher education institutions.
  • Higher Education Statistics Agency
  • An agency that collects and publishes data about higher education in the United Kingdom.
  • Russell Group
  • Represents 24 leading UK universities that are committed to the highest levels of academic excellence in both teaching and research.
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