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Further Education Courses

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students did not complete further education courses they had started in each year since 1997. (84255)

Figures on students failing to complete courses are best expressed as percentages. Some poorer quality data are excluded, so although rates are accurate, numbers are less so.

Retention rates in Further Education (FE) institutions and completion rates in Work Based Learning (WBL) are published annually in a Learning and Skills Council Statistical First Release:

(http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000649/index .shtml)

FE figures for 1999/00 (the earliest year for which comparable data are available) to 2004/05 (the latest year for which data is published) are shown in the following table:

Proportion of courses not completed in FE institutionsPercentage

1999/2000

22

2000/01

20

2001/02

17

2002/03

17

2003/04

15

2004/05

14

WBL figures for 2000/01 to 2004/05 are shown in the following table:

Proportion of full frameworks not completed in WBLPercentage

2001/02

76

2002/03

73

2003/04

69

2004/05

60