This study gathers information on the alternative provider sector and its students in 2014. It covers providers of Level 4+ qualifications that do not receive recurrent Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) funding. It includes providers with courses designated as eligible for student loan support, and the wider population of providers without such designated courses
Along with a survey of providers, desk and web-research was conducted to map the market and gather data on providers. Information was also gathered from students and leavers, primarily those that had received student financial support.