Academic Year 2020/21

Higher Level Learners in England

Data guidance

Published

Description

This document describes the data included in the Higher Level Learners in England, 2020/21 statistical release’s underlying data files. 

Coverage

This release refers only to learners in England doing study aims at education levels 4 to 8

Analysis is presented for English domiciled learners to reflect funding eligibility more closely and allow for consistent comparisons across both HESA and ILR sources.

Most of the data included in this release refers to academic year 2020/21. Time series data for academic years 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 has also been included at summary level.

Rounding and suppression

The Code of Practice for Official Statistics requires DfE to take reasonable steps to ensure that its published or disseminated statistics protect confidentiality.

Throughout the publication, all numbers are rounded to the nearest 5 to preserve confidentiality. Percentages are calculated on pre-rounded data but are not published if they are fractions of a small group of people (fewer than 22.5).

Due to rounding, it is possible that the sum of the category percentages may not always total to 100%.

Data files

All data files associated with this releases are listed below with guidance on their content. To download any of these files, please visit our data catalogue.

Data files

All data files associated with this releases are listed below with guidance on their content. To download any of these files, please visit our data catalogue.

Headline key stats - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
headline_stats_summary.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

Headline statistics used in the blue summary boxes of the publication.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
entrants_level4Entrants to Level 4 in 2020/21
entrants_level5Entrants to Level 5 in 2020/21
entrants_level6Entrants to Level 6 in 2020/21
entrants_level7Entrants to Level 7 in 2020/21
entrants_level8Entrants to Level 8 in 2020/21
percentage_HEPsPercentage of higher-level entrants registered in Higher Education Providers (HEPs) in 2020/21
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learner achievements by Age group and Mode of study - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_achievements_by_age_group_mode.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level achievements in England by age group and mode of study, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
age_groupAge group
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
mode_of_studyMode of study
number_of_achievements_totalAll achievements
percentage_all_achievements_by_characteristicPercentage of all achievements by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learner achievements by Disability - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_achievements_by_disability.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level achievements in England by disability, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
disabilityDisability status
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_achievements_totalAll achievements
percentage_all_achievements_by_characteristicPercentage of all achievements by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learner achievements by Ethnicity - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_achievements_by_ethnicity.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level achievements in England by ethnicity, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
ethnicityEthinicity
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_achievements_totalAll achievements
percentage_all_achievements_by_characteristicPercentage of all achievements by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learner achievements by Index of multiple deprivation quintile - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_achievements_by_imd_quintile.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level achievements in England by Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) quintile of domicile, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
IMD_quintileIndex of multiple deprivation quintile
levelQualification level
number_of_achievements_totalAll achievements
percentage_all_achievements_by_characteristicPercentage of all achievements by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learner achievements by Mode of study - 2015/16 to 2020/21 academic years

Filename
achievements_higher_level_learner_achievements_by_study_mode.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2015/16 to 2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level achievements in England by mode of study, academic years 2015/16 to 2020/21. OfS-recognised HE learners only.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
levelQualification level
mode_of_studyMode of study
number_of_achievements_totalAll achievements
percentage_all_achievements_by_characteristicPercentage of all achievements by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learner achievements by Primary funding source and Mode of study - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_achievements_by_primary_funding_source_mode.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level achievements in England by primary funding source of tuition fees and mode of study, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
mode_of_studyMode of study
number_of_achievements_totalAll achievements
percentage_all_achievements_by_characteristicPercentage of all achievements by characteristic
primary_funding_sourceFunding
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.
  2. Those receiving a Master's Loan (https://www.gov.uk/masters-loan) are not reported as having a student loan as their primary source of tuition fee funding in this data. Unlike for undergraduate loans, money is paid directly to individual learners themselves and providers do not receive the student loans funding directly.

Higher level learner achievements by Provider category - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_achievements_by_provider_category.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level achievements in England by registered provider type, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_achievements_totalAll achievements
percentage_all_achievements_by_characteristicPercentage of all achievements by characteristic
provider_categoryProvider category
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learner achievements by Region - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_achievements_by_region.csv
Geographic levels
National; Regional
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level achievements in England by region of domicile, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_achievements_totalAll achievements
percentage_all_achievements_by_characteristicPercentage of all achievements by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learner achievements by Sex - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_achievements_by_sex.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level achievements in England by sex, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_achievements_totalAll achievements
percentage_all_achievements_by_characteristicPercentage of all achievements by characteristic
sexGender
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learner achievements by Subject (CAH level 1) - 2019/20 to 2020/21 academic years

Filename
achievements_higher_level_learner_achievements_by_cah_subject_first_level_grouping.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2019/20 to 2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level achievements in England by subject area of study (Common Aggregation Hierarchy level 1), academic years 2019/20 to 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
CAH_subject_first_level_groupingCAH subject first level grouping
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_achievements_totalAll achievements
percentage_all_achievements_by_characteristicPercentage of all achievements by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learner achievements by Subject (CAH level 2) - 2019/20 to 2020/21 academic years

Filename
achievements_higher_level_learner_achievements_by_cah_subject_second_level_grouping.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2019/20 to 2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level achievements in England by subject area of study (Common Aggregation Hierarchy level 2), academic years 2019/20 to 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
CAH_subject_second_level_groupingCAH subject second level grouping
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_achievements_totalAll achievements
percentage_all_achievements_by_characteristicPercentage of all achievements by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learner achievements by technical route - 2019/20 to 2020/21 academic years

Filename
higher_level_learner_achievements_by_technical_route.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2019/20 to 2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level achievements in England by technical route, academic year 2019/20 to 2020/21. OfS-recognised HE and Other Higher Level learners only (i.e. excluding apprenticeships and institutional credit)

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_achievements_totalAll achievements
percentage_all_achievements_by_characteristicPercentage of all achievements by characteristic
technical_routeTechnical route

Higher level learner achievements by type of higher level learning - 2015/16 to 2020/21 academic years

Filename
achievements_higher_level_learner_achievements_by_type_of_higher_level_learning.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2015/16 to 2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level achievements in England by type of higher level learning, academic years 2015/16 to 2020/21.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
he_typeType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_achievements_totalAll achievements
percentage_all_achievements_by_characteristicPercentage of all achievements
Footnotes
  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 (Unfunded higher level)” category is a lower bound estimate. 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.

Higher level learners by Age group and Mode of study - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_numbers_by_age_group_mode.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level learners in England by age group and mode of study, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
age_groupAge group
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
mode_of_studyMode of study
number_of_enrolments_totalAll enrolments
number_of_entrantsNumber of entrants
percentage_all_enrolments_by_characteristicPercentage of all enrolments by characteristic
percentage_entrants_by_characteristicPercentage of entrants by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learners by Disability - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_numbers_by_disability.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level learners in England by disability, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
disabilityDisability status
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_enrolments_totalAll enrolments
number_of_entrantsNumber of entrants
percentage_all_enrolments_by_characteristicPercentage of all enrolments by characteristic
percentage_entrants_by_characteristicPercentage of entrants by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

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

Filename
higher_level_learner_numbers_by_equivalent_or_lower_qualification.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

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

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

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
percentage_all_enrolments_by_characteristicPercentage of all enrolments by characteristic
percentage_entrants_by_characteristicPercentage of entrants by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.
  2. 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.

Higher level learners by Ethnicity - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_numbers_by_ethnicity.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level learners in England by ethnicity, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
ethnicityEthnicity
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_enrolments_totalAll enrolments
number_of_entrantsNumber of entrants
percentage_all_enrolments_by_characteristicPercentage of all enrolments by characteristic
percentage_entrants_by_characteristicPercentage of entrants by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learners by Index of multiple deprivation quintile - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_numbers_by_imd_quintile.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level learners in England by Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) quintile of domicile, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
IMD_quintileIndex of multiple deprivation quintile
levelQualification level
number_of_enrolments_totalAll enrolments
number_of_entrantsNumber of entrants
percentage_all_enrolments_by_characteristicPercentage of all enrolments by characteristic
percentage_entrants_by_characteristicPercentage of entrants by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learners by Mode of study - 2015/16 to 2020/21 academic years

Filename
higher_level_learner_numbers_by_study_mode.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2015/16 to 2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level learners in England by mode of study, academic years 2015/16 to 2020/21. OfS-recognised HE learners only.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
levelQualification level
mode_of_studyMode of study
number_of_enrolments_totalAll enrolments
number_of_entrantsNumber of entrants
percentage_all_enrolments_by_characteristicPercentage of all enrolments by characteristic
percentage_entrants_by_characteristicPercentage of entrants by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learners by Primary funding source and Mode of study - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_numbers_by_primary_funding_source_mode.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level learners in England by primary funding source of tuition fees and mode of study, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
mode_of_studyMode of study
number_of_enrolments_totalAll enrolments
number_of_entrantsNumber of entrants
percentage_all_enrolments_by_characteristicPercentage of all enrolments by characteristic
percentage_entrants_by_characteristicPercentage of entrants by characteristic
primary_funding_sourceFunding
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.
  2. Those receiving a Master's Loan (https://www.gov.uk/masters-loan) are not reported as having a student loan as their primary source of tuition fee funding in this data. Unlike for undergraduate loans, money is paid directly to individual learners themselves and providers do not receive the student loans funding directly.

Higher level learners by Provider category - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_numbers_by_provider_category.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level learners in England by registered provider type, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_enrolments_totalAll enrolments
number_of_entrantsNumber of entrants
percentage_all_enrolments_by_characteristicPercentage of all enrolments by characteristic
percentage_entrants_by_characteristicPercentage of entrants by characteristic
provider_categoryProvider category
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learners by Qualification aim - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_numbers_by_qualification_aim.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level learners in England by qualification aim, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_enrolments_totalAll enrolments
number_of_entrantsNumber of entrants
percentage_all_enrolments_by_characteristicPercentage of all enrolments by characteristic
percentage_entrants_by_characteristicPercentage of entrants by characteristic
qualification_aimQualification aim
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learners by Region - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_numbers_by_region.csv
Geographic levels
National; Regional
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level learners in England by region of domicile, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_enrolments_totalAll enrolments
number_of_entrantsNumber of entrants
percentage_all_enrolments_by_characteristicPercentage of all enrolments by characteristic
percentage_entrants_by_characteristicPercentage of entrants by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learners by Sex - 2020/21 academic year

Filename
higher_level_learner_numbers_by_sex.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level learners in England by sex, academic year 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_enrolments_totalAll enrolments
number_of_entrantsNumber of entrants
percentage_all_enrolments_by_characteristicPercentage of all enrolments by characteristic
percentage_entrants_by_characteristicPercentage of entrants by characteristic
sexSex
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learners by Subject (CAH level 1) - 2019/20 to 2020/21 academic years

Filename
higher_level_learner_numbers_by_cah_subject_first_level_grouping.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2019/20 to 2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level learners in England by subject area of study (Common Aggregation Hierarchy level 1), academic years 2019/20 to 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
CAH_subject_first_level_groupingCAH subject first level grouping
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_enrolments_totalAll enrolments
number_of_entrantsNumber of entrants
percentage_all_enrolments_by_characteristicPercentage of all enrolments by characteristic
percentage_entrants_by_characteristicPercentage of entrants by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learners by Subject (CAH level 2) - 2019/20 to 2020/21 academic years

Filename
higher_level_learner_numbers_by_cah_subject_second_level_grouping.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2019/20 to 2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level learners in England by subject area of study (Common Aggregation Hierarchy level 2), academic years 2019/20 to 2020/21

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
CAH_subject_second_level_groupingCAH subject second level grouping
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_enrolments_totalAll enrolments
number_of_entrantsNumber of entrants
percentage_all_enrolments_by_characteristicPercentage of all enrolments by characteristic
percentage_entrants_by_characteristicPercentage of entrants by characteristic
Footnotes
  1. See the About this release section for explanation of differences from other official statistics on apprenticeships and higher education.

Higher level learners by Technical route - 2019/20 to 2020/21 academic years

Filename
higher_level_learner_numbers_by_technical_route.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2019/20 to 2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level learners in England by technical route, academic years 2019/20 to 2020/21. OfS-recognised HE and Other Higher Level learners only (i.e. excluding apprenticeships and institutional credit)

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
he_type_broadType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_enrolments_totalAll enrolments
number_of_entrantsNumber of entrants
percentage_all_enrolments_by_characteristicPercentage of all enrolments by characteristic
percentage_entrants_by_characteristicPercentage of entrants by characteristic
technical_routeTechnical route

Higher level learners by Type of higher level learning - 2015/16 to 2020/21 academic years

Filename
higher_level_learner_numbers_by_type_of_higher_level_learning.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2015/16 to 2020/21
Content

English domiciled higher-level learners in England by type of higher level learning, academic years 2015/16 to 2020/21.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
he_typeType of higher level learning
levelQualification level
number_of_enrolments_totalAll enrolments
number_of_entrantsNumber of entrants
percentage_all_enrolments_by_characteristicPercentage of all enrolments
percentage_entrants_by_characteristicPercentage of entrants
Footnotes
  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 (Unfunded higher level)” category is a lower bound estimate. 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.