Full Time A Level Learners Aged 16-18 Years - Destinations (2016-17 Year-End)
All A levels
We gather information on the destination of our completing learners each year via their tutor or a phone survey conducted a few months after completion of their programme of study. The chart shows the headline destination data for all A level learners completing their studies in 2016/17, followed by an analysis by level.
Overall the survey reported that 184 (94%) of completing A level learners progressed to a positive destination of Higher Education (university), education, training or employment. For A level learners the majority (71.9%) choose to continue on to university as we would expect, although this year we have seen this drop. Instead we have seen an increase in learners choosing to go directly into employment, often through an Apprenticeship. We are now partnered with University of Wolverhampton on the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) aimed at supporting more young people to undertake Higher Education, as well as further developing our own local (and most cost effective) routes through Higher Education, including Higher Apprenticeships.
Of the 10 learners with a ‘negative’ destination, 9 of them chose to undertake a gap year and are likely to have a positive destination following this.
This continues a three year trend of positive destinations for our learners.
All A level destinations by diversity type
The above chart shows a further analysis of destination by diversity types. Whilst positive outcomes remain broadly
similar, we will be looking to ensure that learners with an identified learning difficulty or disability are supported to
ensure they reach their desired next step. It is also interesting to note that male learners appear to be less likely than
female learners to choose university as their next step, with more of them choosing employment. We will ensure this
is a focus of our advice and guidance approach going forward.
Impact on Regional Skills and the Regional Economy
STEM in the curriculum - trend analysis
The local economy relies on a workforce with high level skills and skills in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering
The trend analysis chart shows the percentage of qualifications completed by A level learners that were in STEM related subjects.
In 2016/17, 68% of our young people followed STEM programmes of study. There continues to be a very strong STEM provision
across Dudley Sixth with the majority of learners choosing subjects in this category.