Research and analysis

Post-16 educational choices and institutional value added at key stage 5

Report looking at which types of students enrol in different types of post-16 institution.



In the UK there has historically been a clear demarcation between the academic and vocational routes through education post‐16. Generally vocational study is taken either on a part time basis or full time at further education (FE) colleges.

Students who want to take academic qualifications such as A levels have the option to enrol in a school sixth form, a sixth form college or a general FE college. This research investigates which types of students choose to study at these different institutions and whether this choice matters for the achievement of educational outcomes.