Research and analysis

Prior qualifications of adults in further education classroom-based courses: 2012 to 2013

Findings of research into prior qualification levels of adults aged 19 plus in further education in 2012 to 2013. BIS Research Paper Number 197.


Prior qualifications of adults undertaking classroom-based courses in further education 2012 to 2013: data

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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 2012. 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.