Data set from Higher Level Learners in England

Higher level learners by Distance learning

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English domiciled higher-level learners in England by distance learning flag, academic years 2018/19 to 2021/22. OfS-Recognised HE only.

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
  • 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 learner363556701617
201516Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 4OfS Recognised HENot a distance learner19100276708483
201516Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 5OfS Recognised HEDistance learner395596606.89.1
201516Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 5OfS Recognised HENot a distance learner542159651593.290.9
201516Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001Level 6OfS Recognised HEDistance learner27700952207.19

Variables in this data set

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


  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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