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Destinations of leavers from higher education in further education colleges - Key findings: leavers up to academic year 2010-11

January 2013 | ref: 2013/01

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Heads of HEFCE-funded further education colleges, Heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions

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Learning and teaching, Planning, Graduate employability and careers  
This document is the first comprehensive publication of destinations information for higher education provision registered at HEFCE-funded further education colleges (FECs) in England. We anticipate this information will be of relevance to FECs and others interested in the destinations of HE students at FECs. No action is required in response.

Executive summary

Purpose

1. This document is the first comprehensive publication of destinations information for higher education (HE) provision registered at HEFCE-funded further education colleges (FECs) in England. It provides information regarding graduates’ employment, further study or training, six months after qualifying.

Key points

2. We anticipate that this information will be of relevance to FECs and others interested in the destinations of HE students at FECs.

3. The data in this report are derived from responses to the Higher Education in Further Education Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (HE in FE DLHE) survey for the academic years 2008-09 to 2010-11. In particular, the report provides details of the destinations of leavers who obtained qualifications from courses of prescribed HE in HEFCE-funded FECs in England, during the academic year 2010-111.

4. The destinations information provided by this document is intended to be similar to the findings published annually by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in relation to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, for HE provision registered at higher education institutions (HEIs)2. A number of additional tables and charts supplement this document and are provided at Annex B.

5. The report describes considerable differences in the destinations of leavers who obtained HE qualifications from HEFCE-funded FECs in England (HE in FE qualifiers), depending on the qualifications obtained. This is particularly noticeable for qualifiers entering employment only, six months after leaving: 81 per cent of qualifiers from postgraduate study in 2010-11 were in employment only, compared with 64 per cent of those obtaining first degrees, 26 per cent of those obtaining foundation degrees and 32 per cent of those obtaining other undergraduate qualifications.

6. The proportion of HE in FE qualifiers entering further study only was 3 per cent for qualifiers from postgraduate study, compared with 6 per cent of those obtaining first degrees, 31 per cent of those obtaining foundation degrees and 28 per cent of those obtaining other undergraduate qualifications.

7. Leavers obtaining HE qualifications from study registered at FECs had notably different destinations profiles to equivalent qualifiers from HEIs. The differences observed are likely to relate, at least in part, to the characteristics of both the provision and the students registered at FECs in comparison to HEIs.

8. It is intended that details of the destinations of leavers who obtained HE qualifications in FECs be produced regularly. HEFCE plans to publish details of the destinations of leavers in 2011-12 when the data become available in 2013.

Action required

9. This document is for information only.

 


1 Of the HE that takes place in FECs, HEFCE is empowered to fund only certain, prescribed courses. This is set out in the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 and the Education (Prescribed Courses of Higher Education) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 1998, which were amended to apply to England. All HE provision for students registered at FECs which is considered within this report is prescribed HE delivered by HEFCE-funded FECs. Throughout the remainder of this report, references to FECs relate specifically to HEFCE-funded FECs.

2 The HE provision considered by the DLHE survey, for students registered at HEIs, consists of relevant HE qualifications provided by publicly-funded UK HEIs and one privately-funded HEI, the University of Buckingham. Relevant qualifications exclude intercalated degrees, awards to visiting students, students on post-registration health and social care courses, and professional qualifications for serving school teachers.

Enquiries should be directed to:

For queries relating to the content of this document and its supporting annexes, please contact Alison Brunt, tel 0117 931 7166, e-mail a.brunt@hefce.ac.uk.

For queries relating to HEFCE’s policy in respect of higher education provision registered at further education colleges that are not covered by this report, please contact Ruth Tucker, tel 0117 931 7367, e-mail r.tucker@hefce.ac.uk.

Page last updated 17 January 2013

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