Notes to tables:
1. Bell College became an HEI during the period 2001-02 and during the period 2007-08 merged with Paisley University to become the University of the West of Scotland.
2. Bell College, Inverness College, Lews Castle College, Moray College, North Highland College, Orkney College, Perth College, Sabhal Mor Ostaig and Shetland College were incorporated in the University of the Highlands and Islands which became an HEI during the period 2000-01. During the period 2007-08 Bell College merged with Paisley University to become the University of the West of Scotland.
3. In 2005-06 Falkirk College of Further & Higher Education and Clackmannan College of Further Education merged to form Forth Valley College.
4. In 2005-06 Glasgow College of Food Technology and Glasgow College of Building and Printing merged to form Glasgow Metropolitan College.
5. Open University classify postgraduate Certificates in Education as first degree level rather than as taught post graduate level, contrary to common practice among UKHEIs since 2007-08. This has the effect of artificially inflating first degree level study and reducing taught postgraduate level during academic years 2007-08 and 2008-09.
6. Where universities are categorised as Ancient, Specialised, Post-92s or Newer Universities, these categories are comprised of the following HEIs: Ancient Universities (University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of St. Andrews); Specialised HEIs (Scottish Agricultural College, RSAMD, Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow School of Art); Post-92 Universities (University of Abertay Dundee, Queen Margaret University College, Glasgow Caledonian University, Napier University, University of the West of Scotland, Robert Gordon University and also includes UHI Millennium Institute, which is an HEI; and Newer Universities (University of Dundee, Heriot-Watt University, University of Stirling, University of Strathclyde).
7. Domicile: country of the student's permanent or home address prior to entry to the course. Prior to 2004-05 students from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man studying at HEIs were counted as unknown values and will only appear in the overall total and UK total for these years.
8. Scottish domicile entrant figures used in analysis by areas of deprivation will not match Scottish domicile entrant figures in other tables as not all postcodes from student records can be matched (e.g. if they are either incomplete, missing or non-Scottish postcodes) to postcodes in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation ( SIMD). In 2008-09 97.8% of entrant postcodes were successfully matched.
9. Distance learning includes UK based and funded non- UK based students but does not include students studying for the whole of their programme of study (to date) outside of the UK.