Data set from Higher Level Learners in England

Higher level learners by Equivalent or lower qualification - 2020/21 academic year

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English domiciled higher-level learners in England by Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) status, academic year 2020/21

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
  • Equivalent or lower qualification
  • Qualification level
  • Type of higher level learning
Time period

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
202021Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 4OfS Recognised HEELQ aim to qualifications already held2710409019.219.7
202021Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 4OfS Recognised HENot an ELQ aim to qualifications already held114151672080.880.3
202021Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 4OfS Recognised HEUnknown19302555zz
202021Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 5OfS Recognised HEELQ aim to qualifications already held4335682512.711.2
202021Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 5OfS Recognised HENot an ELQ aim to qualifications already held298405394087.388.8

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 7 variables
Variable nameVariable description
equivalent_or_lower_qualificationEquivalent or lower qualification
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_enrolments_totalAll enrolments
number_of_entrantsNumber of entrants


  1. Caution should be applied when interpreting these statistics due to the high level of unknowns. To allow for comparisons across learning types, the following percentages are based on learners where ELQ status is known.
  2. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

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