Research and analysis

Prior qualifications of adults undertaking community learning courses 2012 to 2013

Findings of research into the prior qualification levels of adults aged 19 plus undertaking community learning courses 2012 to 2013.


The research examined how far investment in workplace 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 workplace learning and those undertaking their first level 2 learning.

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 workplace learning in November 2012. The survey took place between January and March 2014, and involved 1,600 interviews with learners.