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Further Education: Admissions

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many 19 to 25 year olds enrolled on their first full level 3 qualification there were in each year since 2001; (196900)

(2) how many (a) 25 to 30, (b) 25 to 35 and (c) over 25 year olds enrolled on their first full level 3 course there were in each year since 2001.

The Government are committed to ensuring that young adults have the opportunity to complete their education and gain a full level 3 qualification that will enable them to progress into skilled employment or higher education. We are committed to achieving the 2011 indicator of 56 per cent. of working age adults qualified to at least full Level 3.

The following table shows the number of people aged 19+ (to the nearest 1,000) doing full level 3 in each year since 2002/03 (the earliest available), and estimated numbers doing a first full level 3. Historical data on first full level 3 by the requested age-bands is not readily available and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

Further education

Full Level 3 learners

124,000

122,000

125,000

161,000

156,000

Of which:

First full L3

68,000

67,000

69,000

89,000

86,000

Advanced apprenticeships

Full Level 3 starts

36,000

32,000

28,000

30,000

32,000

Of which:

First full L3

22,000

19,000

17,000

18,000

19,000

Note:

This time series combined data on learner numbers from the Individualised Learner Record with information from the Learning and Skills Council’s Prior Qualifications Survey on ‘firstness’. The survey tells us that 55 per cent. of full Level 3 learners in FE and 60 per cent. of people starting an Advanced Apprenticeship are doing their first full Level 3.