Full Time A Level Learners Aged 16-18 Years - Destinations (2018-19 Year-End)

Learner Destinations

All A levels

Pie chart showing the destinations of learners across 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 2018/19, followed by an analysis by level.

Overall the survey reported that 198 (98.8%) of completing A level learners progressed to a positive destination of higher education (university), education, training or employment. For A level learners the majority (90.6%) chose to continue on to university, which is an increase on the previous year. We continue to work 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.

This continues a three year trend of positive destinations for our learners.

All A level destinations by diversity type

Bar chart showing the destinations of learners across all A levels, by diversity type

The above chart shows a further analysis of destination by diversity types. Positive outcomes remain broadly similar across different learner types. However we can see a difference with fewer black learners getting a positive outcome and progressing to university. This is echoed in the achievement rates shown earlier. As previously mentioned, this will be an area of focus on 2019/20.

Impact on Regional Skills and the Regional Economy

STEM in the curriculum - trend analysis

Bar chart showing qualifications by A level learners in STEM subjects

The local economy relies on a workforce with high level skills and skills in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

The chart above shows the percentage of qualifications completed by A level learners that were in STEM related subjects. In 2018/19, 65% of our young people followed STEM programmes of study which is an increase on the previous year and close to levels seen in years preceding that. There continues to be a very strong STEM provision across Dudley College of Technology as a whole. We are committed to finding more opportunities for A level learners to continue to higher education locally so that their skills might benefit the regional economy.