Academic Year 2019/20

Further education and skills

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This release uses the final data return on adult further education (FE) and skills in England for the 2019/20 academic year (August 2019 to July 2020). This provides an update to figures published in the July 2020 FE & Skills release.

Impact of COVID-19 on reporting of FE and apprenticeship data

The 2019/20 data covers the period affected by COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown (i.e. from March 2020 onwards), which will have impacted on FE provision and also provider reporting behaviour via the Individualised Learner Record (ILR). Therefore, extra care should be taken in comparing and interpreting data presented in this release. 

As this is a completely new approach to publishing our data and statistics, your feedback is important to help us improve and develop. Please see the Find my data and feedback section for more information on this. 

We will also be doing some proactive user research, the details of which will be provided in the further education and skills January 2021 release. 

Headline facts and figures - 2019/20

  • Adult government-funded further education and skills participation decreased by 15.6% compared to 2018/19, from 2,068,200 to 1,745,800.
  • Higher level (level 4 or above) participation increased by 30.9%, from 133,100 to 174,100 from last year.
  • During the period since the start of lockdown (23 March to 31 July 2020), enrolments started on adult education and training were 208,790, a 50.4% drop compared to the same period in 2018/19 (420,910)
  • Achievements in further education and skills decreased by 21.7%.
  • Of learners we expected to complete in 2019/20, we estimate that 54,500 (23.3%) apprenticeships and 55,200 (3.8%) adult (19+) learners undertaking education and training provision have been identified as having an unknown outcome at this stage. Please see ‘About these statistics’.

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