The further education (FE) and skills statistics covered in this methodology document include all age apprenticeships and wider adult (19+) FE learning, such as community learning, education and training, and Basic skills (English and maths) qualifications.
We publish associated data and statistics on activity in the FE system on a regular basis, with quarterly ‘main’ releases for each academic year, which include national data for England and further breakdowns by, for example, learner characteristics, subject, provider, geography etc, with a final release for the academic year based on final end-of-year data for the period.
We also release headline apprenticeship statistics on a monthly basis for transparency purposes. You can contact the team by emailing FE.OFFICIALSTATISTICS@education.gov.uk or using the contact details at the end of this methodology.
This methodology provides a brief overview of the FE system and also covers:
- Users and uses of the statistics
- Key historic policy changes
- The quality of the statistics
- Changes made to the statistics and plans for future changes
- Links to other related statistics
- A glossary of terminology
- Other explanatory notes