Data set from Higher Level Learners in England

Higher level learner achievements by Distance learning

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English domiciled higher-level achievements in England by distance learning flag, academic years 2018/19 to 2021/22

Data set details

Higher education
Higher Level Learners in England
Release type
Geographic levels
  • All achievements
  • Percentage of all achievements by characteristic
  • Distance learner
  • Qualification level
  • Type of higher level learning
Time period
2015/16 to 2021/22

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
201516Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 4OfS Recognised HEDistance learner18607.4
201516Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 4OfS Recognised HENot a distance learner2333592.6
201516Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 4OfS Recognised HEUnknown3540z
201516Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 5OfS Recognised HEDistance learner23905.8
201516Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 5OfS Recognised HENot a distance learner3871594.2

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 5 variables
Variable nameVariable description
distance_learnerDistance learner
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_achievements_totalAll achievements
percentage_all_achievements_by_characteristicPercentage of all achievements by characteristic


  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.
  2. The “Other Higher Level” category is lower bound estimate, combining “Other Higher Level (Unfunded higher level)” and "Other Higher Level (Advanced Learner Loan [ALL] and ESFA funded higher level)". There is likely to be some unfunded-learning in FE providers that is not recorded as it is only mandatory for providers to record information in the ILR for their ESFA-funded learners. There may also be higher level learning in the private sector that is not recorded in administrative data held by government.

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