Data set from Further education and skills

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Adult (19+) learner participation and achievements

Academic years: 2015/16 to 2021/22 full academic years

Indicators:  Total Participation, Participation Below Level 2 (excluding Basic skills), Participation Basic skills, Participation Full Level 2, Participation Full Level 3, Participation Level 2, Participation Level 3, Participation Level 4+,  Participation No Level Assigned, Total Achievement, Achievement Below Level 2 (excluding Basic skills ), Achievement Basic skills, Achievement Full Level 2, Achievement Full Level 3, Achievement Level 2, Achievement Level 3, Achievement Level 4+, Achievement No Level Assigned

Data set details

Further education
Further education and skills
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Achievements Basic skills (Aug to Jul)
  • Achievements Below level 2 (excluding basic skills) (Aug to Jul)
  • Achievements Full level 2 (Aug to Jul)
Time period
2016/17 to 2021/22

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
201617Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001223680042620075530043360046010081790047510073800525500157890038280042150018420018260048010019080015900446200
201718Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001217910043920066420031990042520077380044550096400494400157440039350041850015870017170050760018240021100420400
201819Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001206820039450057350021780035650069560042240013310048090014676003600003638008930012150047400015670019800412100
201920Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001174580027170047930018060033940057900040040017410034980011496002377002943006470010520036790013330023000316300
202021Academic yearNationalEnglandE92000001164030026090041300015320033170058520039380021750025070010408002287002343005740010310039010013590032700229000

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 18 variables
Variable nameVariable description
a_basic_skillsAchievements Basic skills (Aug to Jul)
a_below_level_2_excl_basic_skillsAchievements Below level 2 (excluding basic skills) (Aug to Jul)
a_full_level_2Achievements Full level 2 (Aug to Jul)
a_full_level_3Achievements Full level 3 (Aug to Jul)
a_level_2Achievements Level 2 (Aug to Jul)


  1. 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.
  2. This release does not now include offender learners for 2019/20 onwards as this data is being 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.
  3. For 2017/18, there were approximately 2,400 learners undertaking community learning missing from the final data return (R14) due to a submission error for three providers. 2017/18 figures reported here do not include these learners.
  4. Basic skills total excludes Essential Digital Skills qualifications, unless otherwise specified.
  5. Age is based on age as at 31 August of the academic year.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Total achievements are the count of learners that achieved at any point during the stated academic period. Learners achieving more than one course will appear only once in the grand total.

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