Data set from 16-18 destination measures

16-18 National level destinations

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National level destinations data for students leaving 16 to 18 study for different characteristic groups, provider types, and qualification levels.

Data set details

Destination of pupils and students
16-18 destination measures
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Sustained education, apprenticeship or employment
  • Number of institutions
  • Number of pupils completing 16-18 study
  • Data type
  • Institution group
  • Qualification levels
Time period
2010/11 to 2021/22

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
202122Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded mainstream collegesTotalLevel 2Level 2 otherEthnicity MajorAsian or Asian BritishNumber of pupilsRevisedz2035115359946528331144532510023011380736541665727224813722520421
202122Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded mainstream collegesTotalLevel 2TotalEthnicity MajorAsian or Asian BritishNumber of pupilsRevisedz2130122262751550348148542610123011600956543567828625313923020822
202122Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded mainstream collegesTotalLevel 3Level 3 approvedEthnicity MajorAsian or Asian BritishNumber of pupilsRevisedz10076893273946667640562453387250654022851131264612537894972227035533520
202122Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded mainstream collegesTotalLevel 3Level 3 otherEthnicity MajorAsian or Asian BritishNumber of pupilsRevisedz432036342783243633624955321100011001613496316905262791668116013525
202122Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded mainstream collegesTotalLevel 3TotalEthnicity MajorAsian or Asian BritishNumber of pupilsRevisedz1439612566101779103976811100659825066502446147222771943131577638815151547045

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 32 variables
Variable nameVariable description
all_notsustNot recorded as a sustained destination
all_unknownActivity not captured
all_workSustained employment destination
appl2Intermediate apprenticeships (level 2)
appl3Advanced apprenticeships (level 3)


  1. The way we decide when a student is at the end of 16 to 18 study has changed for the 2020/21 (2021 leavers) and comparisons to previous cohorts should be treated with extreme caution. Students are included in this statistical release when they reach the end of 16 to 18 study. The ‘trigger’ rules for deciding when this happens changed in 2020/21 . Further details can be found in the accompanying methodology document.  
  2. All schools includes all local authority maintained mainstream schools, sponsored academies, converter academies, free schools, university technical colleges (UTCs), studio schools, special schools and independent schools. Also includes city technology colleges (CTCs). Alternative provision is not included.
  3. State-funded mainstream colleges includes sixth-form colleges and other further education colleges.
  4. Non-selective schools in highly-selective areas includes all non-selective schools in local authorities with a high level of selection (where 25% or more of state-funded secondary places are in state-funded selective schools). These local authorities are Bexley, Buckinghamshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, Medway, Poole, Slough, Southend-on-Sea, Sutton, Torbay, Trafford and Wirral. See technical note for further details.
  5. State-funded mainstream schools also includes city technology colleges (CTCs). Figures for this institution type are not shown separately in the table. Excludes pupil referral units (PRUs), alternative provision (AP), hospital schools, maintained and non-maintained special schools, independent schools, independent special schools and independent schools approved to take pupils with special educational needs (SEN).
  6. Other non-selective schools includes all non-selective schools that are not in highly selective areas, including those in areas with some selection.
  7. This includes pupils who were captured in the source data and had some participation in the academic year but did not complete the required six months sustained participation.
  8. All other education destinations include school sixth forms, sixth-form colleges, independent schools, specialist post-16 institutions, special schools and education combination destinations.
  9. Reforms to technical and applied qualifications mean that the makeup of level 3 and level 2 approved qualification groups differ significantly between destination years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20. Comparisons across years and approved/other qualification groups should therefore be made with particular caution.
  10. State-funded mainstream schools include local authority maintained schools, academies, free schools and city technology colleges.
  11. Selective schools admit pupils wholly or mainly with reference to ability. These schools are formally designated as grammar schools. The schools status is based on admission policy in the secondary phase (i.e. age 11).
  12. Other are qualifications that are not included elsewhere in the 16-18 attainment performance tables
  13. Special schools group include all types of special schools due to the small numbers of schools.
  14. The student was not found to have any participation in education, apprenticeship or employment nor recorded as receiving out-of-work benefits at any point in the year. Possible reasons for this could be that the pupil was living, working or studying abroad or was attending a Scottish or Welsh college or school.
  15. Total state-funded mainstream schools and colleges covers all state-funded mainstream schools, academies, free schools, city technology colleges (CTCs), sixth-forms and other and FE sector colleges. Excludes alternative provision, special schools, other government department funded colleges and independent schools.
  16. Other FE sector colleges excludes other government department funded colleges.
  17. Please note data for independent schools has much lower coverage than state-funded schools. This is likely to be due to difficulties linking their education records to employment data.
  18. Total for all schools and colleges includes all mainstream and special schools and colleges.
  19. Independent schools: please note data for independent schools has much lower coverage than state-funded schools. This is likely to be due to difficulties linking their education records to employment data.
  20. Local authority maintained includes community, voluntary aided, voluntary controlled and foundation schools.
  21. State-funded mainstream colleges excludes other government department funded colleges.

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