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.

Published 15 October 2010