Data set from Progression to higher education or training

Progression to higher education and training - National level

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Progression to higher education or training at national level, including breakdowns by institution type and student characteristics.

Data set details

Destination of pupils and students
Progression to higher education or training
Release type
Geographic levels
  • National comparator
  • Number of pupils studying level 3 qualifications
  • Progression score
  • Data type
  • Institution group
  • Student characteristic
Time period
2015/16 to 2019/20

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
201920Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded mainstream schools & collegesTotalTotalTotalNumber of pupils360368246078246078.10.02306917115437026382161239264262534202566202566.00.01838081568156.00.0794543535635356.10.0
201920Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded mainstream schools & collegesTotalTotalTotalPercentage36036868.368.
201516Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded mainstream collegesOther FE sector collegesDisadvantage Y11 StatusDisadvantagedNumber of pupils280351110412322.8-4.39124817455211818621475069047818.4-6.21060235753890.7-3.02683625613.70.4
201516Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded mainstream collegesOther FE sector collegesDisadvantage Y11 StatusDisadvantagedPercentage2803539.644.0-4.332.52.9low2.00.46.61475046.853.0-6.21060233.736.7-3.0268323.322.90.4
201516Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded mainstream collegesOther FE sector collegesDisadvantage Y11 StatusNot DisadvantagedNumber of pupils909013921143973.2-5.23196149028531518626388486412464828481.9-7.9344371272513621.9-2.6782318381869.4-0.4

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 25 variables
Variable nameVariable description
acag_cohortNumber of pupils studying academic or applied general qualifications
acag_comparatorAcademic/AGQ national comparator
acag_progressedAcademic/AGQ students who sustained L4+ destination
acag_pscoreAcademic/AGQ progression score
all_apprenSustained apprenticeship destination


  1. Local authority maintained includes community, voluntary aided, voluntary controlled and foundation schools.
  2. Note that the methodology used to determine the top third Higher Education Institutions changed in 2020 for the 2016/17 cohort. Instead of the top 33% of institutions, institutions are now only added to the list until 33% of the student intake is represented. Additionally, qualifications equivalent to A levels are now included in the process, rather than solely A levels. Top third results from the 2015/16 cohort are thus not directly comparable with 2016/17 and later cohorts.
  3. Special educational needs: following special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms in 2014/15, SEN students are categorised as 'SEN with a statement or Education, health and care (EHC) plan' and 'SEN support'. SEN support replaces school action and school action plus (grouped as SEN without a statement up to and including 2013/14). It was expected that all transfers to this category take place during the 2014/15 academic year but some legacy categories remain in the current cohort.
  4. Free school meal status is given as in year 11. Students with no key stage 4 record were not known to be eligible in year 11 and are included in all other students.
  5. State-funded mainstream schools & colleges covers all state-funded mainstream schools, academies, free schools, city technology colleges (CTCs), sixth forms and other FE sector colleges. Excludes alternative provision, special schools, other government department funded colleges and independent schools.
  6. Non-selective in highly selective area 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.
  7. Total state-funded mainstream schools also includes city technology colleges (CTCs). Figures for this institution type are not presented separately. 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).
  8. LLDD: Students in colleges may be recorded on the ILR as learners with learning difficulties and disabilities. The definitions differ from special educational needs recorded by schools.
  9. Other level 3 qualifications are those that are not included elsewhere in 16-18 performance tables.
  10. Other FE sector colleges excludes other government department funded colleges.
  11. Disadvantage status is given as in year 11. Disadvantaged students are defined as those who were eligible for free school meals at any point in the previous six years or having been looked after by their local authority. These are the students who would have been in receipt of the pupil premium when in year 11. Students with no key stage 4 record were not known to be disadvantaged in year 11 and are included in all other students.
  12. State-funded mainstream colleges include further education sector colleges and other government department funded colleges.
  13. Unclassified ethnicity includes students for whom ethnicity was not obtained, refused or could not be determined.
  14. 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).
  15. Other non-selective includes all non-selective schools that are not in highly selective areas, including those in areas with some selection.
  16. Academies and free schools: there are now fewer local authority maintained schools and more academies and free schools than at the start of the 2015/16 academic year (when these school types are reported). In the case of some groups of school, such as University Technical Colleges (UTCs), this means the picture of the sector given in these statistics includes some of the first schools of this type to open and is based on a relatively small number of schools, many of which only had students joining for the last year of key stage 4 study.

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