Research and analysis

Apprentices: progression to higher education

Research on level 3 apprentices who go on to study at higher education level. BIS research paper number 107.


Progression of apprentices to higher education

Progression of apprentices to higher education: data (not comparable with the individual learner record)

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Report of study that matches together 2 datasets:

  • the individual learner record
  • Higher Education Statistics Agency data

It follows apprentices to see how many go from advanced level 3 apprenticeships into higher education (HE) level study. The report looks at the data over time (going back to the academic year 2004 to 2005), and shows where these people studied and which subjects they did.

Many people study HE qualifications in further education (FE) colleges. Many study part time. The report also shows how many of those level 3 apprentices did a level 2 apprenticeship first. It also explores how many came from areas of low HE participation which acts as a proxy for more disadvantaged areas. As the work looks at apprentices over time, it shows how long they take to get to HE level, which is much longer than other routes as these students often combine work and study.

Underlying data for this report is also available. Note that it is not comparable with the individual learner record dataset.