About Unistats

Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college courses from across the UK.  It is owned and operated by:

The OfS took over from its predecessor, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, on 1 April 2018.

The data on the site is drawn from national surveys of students and information collected from providers of higher education.  It includes:

  • Student views from the National Student Survey
  • Graduate destinations and salary from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey
  • The percentage of students continuing on the course after a year
  • The tariff points held by students who have entered the course previously
  • Accreditation or professional recognition of the course

Each course has links to the pages on the university or college website where you can find detailed information on areas such as:

  • Course content
  • How the course is structured and taught
  • How the course is assessed
  • Costs (tuition fees and accommodation costs)

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How to use Unistats

Unistats is a course comparison website.  You can use it to search for and compare data about the courses you're interested in.

You can find out more about what you can do on Unistats by watching our video guide.

Understanding the information 

The information on Unistats is designed to give an indication of what it might be like on the course you choose and the outcomes for previous students.  It is important to bear in mind that the experience of each course will be different for each person, and could differ from year to year.  Also, the outcomes you experience might be different due to various factors, such as changes in the job market by the time you graduate.

When comparing survey data for courses, care should be taken especially where the difference in figures between courses is small.  To help you interpret the data, you can see the number of respondents to the survey for each course.  Differences of less than ten percentage points between two courses each with a small but similar number of respondents (e.g. 30), are unlikely to be statistically meaningful.

For some courses we need to group responses with those from the previous year (please see information about NSS) or other courses in the same subject area at the institution.  This may be because the course has not run before, is small or we have received responses from less than half of the students to a survey.  There will be an icon with four bars where this has been necessary and you can hover over this to see more information.  In some cases, we still do not have enough data to publish even when it is grouped, so no data appears.  It is important to note that this is not a reflection on the quality of the course.

You can find out more about the National Student Survey (NSS) in the National Student Survey (NSS) section and more about the other data on the site in the About the data section.