Data set from Further education and skills

Further education and skills learners - deprivation

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Further education and skills learner participation by indices of multiple deprivation breakdown. Breakdowns for adult (19+) Education and training can also be obtained. The ‘Under 19’ Further education and skills provision corresponds to apprenticeships.

Academic years: 2016/17 to 2021/22 full academic years

Indicators:  Total Participation, Participation Below Level 2 (excluding Basic skills), Participation Basic skills, Participation Full Level 2, Participation Full Level 3, Participation Level 2, Participation Level 3, Participation Level 4+, Participation No Level Assigned

Filters: Learner home deprivation quintile, Age group (with unknowns), Age group (under 19/19+), Provision type

Data set details

Further education
Further education and skills
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Participation Basic skills
  • Participation Below level 2 (excluding basic skills)
  • Participation Full level 2
  • Age (under 19/19+)
  • Age group (with unknowns)
  • Learner deprivation
Time period
2016/17 to 2021/22

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
201617Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFurther Education and SkillsAdult19-24Five (least deprived)741606390180702340034090312203453044505550
201617Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFurther Education and SkillsAdult19-24Four916109920249303030039260408703971040206840
201617Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFurther Education and SkillsAdult19-24One (most deprived)168080395206371044710484407704049140330019900
201617Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFurther Education and SkillsAdult19-24Three10383014680326403364039910482504046038308800
201617Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFurther Education and SkillsAdult19-24Total569720953201858801696902071902566902100101959054070

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 13 variables
Variable nameVariable description
age_summary_with_unknownsAge group (with unknowns)
age_youth_adultAge (under 19/19+)
learner_home_deprivLearner deprivation
p_basic_skillsParticipation Basic skills
p_bl2_ex_basic_skillsParticipation Below level 2 (excluding basic skills)


  1. Total participation is the count of learners that participated at any point during the stated academic period. Learners undertaking more than one course will appear only once in the grand total.
  2. Basic skills total excludes Essential Digital Skills qualifications, unless otherwise specified.
  3. Volumes are rounded to the nearest 10 and 'low' indicates a base value of fewer than 5. Where data shows 'x' this indicates data is unavailable, 'z' indicates data is not applicable, and 'c' indicates data is suppressed.
  4. Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) Quintiles from 2014/15 to 2018/19 are based on the 2015 IMD rank of the learner's home postcode. IMD quintiles from 2019/20 onwards are based on the 2019 IMD rank of the learner's home postcode.
  5. Unknown IMD Quintile refers to a learner with a postcode that does not match to lower super output area.
  6. Age is based on age as at 31 August of the academic year.
  7. From 2016/17, some learners who would have previously been included in full level 2 and full level 3, have been reclassified. Please see the methodology document for further information.
  8. Geography is based upon the home postcode of the learner. Where the postcode is outside of England or not known it is included in the 'Outside of England and unknown' category.
  9. Education and Training includes Traineeships.

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