Data set from Higher Level Learners in England

Higher level learners by Qualification aim

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English domiciled higher-level learners in England by National Qualification Framework (NQF) level, academic years 2018/19 to 2021/22

Data set details

Higher education
Higher Level Learners in England
Release type
Geographic levels
  • All enrolments
  • Number of entrants
  • Percentage of all enrolments by characteristic
  • Qualification aim
  • Qualification level
  • Type of higher level learning
Time period
2018/19 to 2021/22

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
201819Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 4ApprenticeshipApprenticeship2465043520100100
201819Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 4OfS Recognised HECertificate Of Higher Education (CertHE)5110771526.127.1
201819Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 4OfS Recognised HEHigher National Certificate (HNC)124151824063.464.2
201819Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 4Institutional credit in Higher Education ProvidersInstitutional credit in Higher Education Providers at Level 490009620100100
201819Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 4OfS Recognised HELevel 4 Certificate178520809.17.3

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 7 variables
Variable nameVariable description
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_enrolments_totalAll enrolments
number_of_entrantsNumber of entrants
percentage_all_enrolments_by_characteristicPercentage of all enrolments 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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