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Full-Time Education

Volume 281: debated on Tuesday 16 July 1996

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) 16-year-olds, (b) 17-year-olds and (c) 18-year-olds in full-time education who are (i) studying A/AS courses, (ii) in higher education, (iii) studying BTEC national courses, (iv) studying GCSE and (v) undertaking other studies; and what percentage of (1) 16-year-olds, (2) 17-year-olds and (3) 18-year-olds are in full-time education in the latest year for which figures are available. [36583]

The information requested is in the following table:

16, 17 and 18 year olds in full-time education in Wales 1994–951
Per cent.
Aged 16Aged 17Aged 18Aged 16–18
In further education (FE) and higher education (HE) institutions:
Higher education215414
Total in FE and HE45539260
In schools5
Total in schools5547840
Percentage of population in full-time education72584458


1 Provisional. Percentages may not add up to totals due to rounding.

2 Includes BTEC HND, HNC and other BTEC higher education courses.

3 Includes all BTEC further education courses.

4 Includes courses leading to unspecified qualifications.

5 Level of study in maintained secondary schools and independent schools only.

6 Includes BTEC National Certificates and Diplomas; BTEC First Certificates and Diplomas; City and Guilds' Diploma of Vocational Education (at National and Intermediate level); and all GNVQs.

7 Includes Post A level studies and NVQs at Levels 1–3 and other pupils aged 16 or over not accounted for elsewhere.

8 Not available; - nil or less than half the final digit shown.


Higher Education Statistics Agency, Further Education Student Record and the January 1995 Schools' Census.