An error has been identified in the written answer given on 01 June 2015.
The correct answer should have been:
The requested information has been supplied below:
Number of pupils entering higher education having achieved at least one vocational GCSE qualification
Pupils in HE with at least one vocational GCSE by the end of key stage 4
Source: National Pupil Database, HESA dataset
These changes are the result of reforms to performance tables which have removed the perverse incentives for schools to teach qualifications that were easy to achieve and/or had an inflated value in performance measures. This served only to devalue vocational education. Now, the qualifications which can count in performance tables are those that are of demonstrably high quality and promote progression.