The research looks at adult learners (aged 19 plus) undertaking full level 2 and full level 3 courses classified as Adult Learner Responsive (ALR) provision by the Skills Funding Agency. These courses are largely classroom-based. All of the learners in this research were undertaking courses with a vocational focus.
The research looked specifically at the highest prior qualifications of adult learners (aged 19 plus) who were undertaking full level 2 or full level 3 classroom-based ALR courses in further education (FE) in November 2011. It examined how far investment in this stream of learning has been directed towards up-skilling individuals with lower skill levels, especially those without prior attainment at full level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grades A to C or NVQ level 2). The research looked at the demographics, employment status and income of learners undertaking such courses and those undertaking their first level 2 learning.