Data set from Further education and skills

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Historical time series of headline adult (19+) further education and skills learner participation, containing breakdowns by provision type and in some cases level. Also includes some all age apprenticeship participation figures.

Academic years: 2005/06 to 2022/23 full academic years

Indicators: Participation

Filter: Provision type, Age group, Level

Data set details

Further education
Further education and skills
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Participation
  • Age group
  • Level
  • Provision type
Time period
2005/06 to 2022/23

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
200506Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFurther education and skillsAdultTotal3996000
200607Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFurther education and skillsAdultTotal3205700
200708Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFurther education and skillsAdultTotal3304400
200809Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFurther education and skillsAdultTotal3771200
200910Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFurther education and skillsAdultTotal3540500

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
age_groupAge group
provision_typeProvision type


  1. Age is based on age as at 31 August of the academic year.
  2. From 2016/17, some learners who would have previously been included in full level 2 and full level 3, have been reclassified. Please see the methodology document for further information
  3. The Single Individualised Learner Record  (SILR) data collection was introduced from the 2011/12 academic year onwards. This means figures for 2011/12 onwards are not comparable to earlier years. See the methodology document for more information.
  4. This release does not include offender learners from 2019/20 onwards, as this data is now collected by the Ministry of Justice. In previous releases we included offender learning in our data where relevant, which accounted for around 78,000 learners aged 18+ in 2017/18 and around 57,600 learners aged 18+ in 2018/19.
  5. Total participation is the count of learners that participated at any point during the stated academic period. Learners undertaking more than one course will appear only once in the grand total.
  6. Volumes are rounded to the nearest 100 and 'low' indicates a base value of fewer than 50. Where data shows 'x' this indicates data is unavailable, 'z' indicates data is not applicable, and 'c' indicates data is suppressed.

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