Full Time A Level Learners Aged 16-18 Years - Enrolments (Updated In-Year)

Dudley Sixth has seen an increase in A-level learners compared to the previous year. This is due in part to an increase in new learners joining A-level programmes, but also due to more first year learners being successful in their studies and progressing to the second year.

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

Engagement and participation rates

Learner engagement trend analysis

Line graph showing learner engagement trend analysis

Dudley Sixth has been successful in its drive to increase learner engagement with A level learning. The participation of A level learners has increased dramatically over recent years, expanding from 278 learners in 2012/13 to 471 in 2018/19. This growth shows the increased confidence locally in Dudley Sixth as a provider of good quality A level provision and supports the continued financial health of the College. The slight dip shown from 17/18 to 18/19 was due to underperformance of GCSE pupils in the local schools, resulting in some learners not meeting entry requirements for Dudley Sixth. These learners were supported to gain a place studying within the wider college on a vocational programme of study.

This growth is set against a backdrop of a shrinking 16-18 population, both in the Dudley borough and the surrounding areas. There are a number of elements influencing this growth, but the largest factor is the creation of a dedicated centre for A level provision (Dudley Sixth) and the breadth of curriculum which it offers. The centre also offers more delivery hours per A level and higher levels of support than other providers.

Travel to Learn Map

Heatmap showing travel to learn pattern for A level learners

The map shows the travel to learn pattern of our A level learners in 2018/19. The majority of learners are from Dudley borough, as you would expect, with increasing numbers of students looking to remain in Dudley to study rather than travel elsewhere. We are pleased to be the first choice for many local A level learners and recognise the wider regional contribution we make to the lives of learners aged 16-18 years. This year does show a slight increase in the distance that some learners are travelling in order to attend Dudley Sixth rather than staying local to their own providers.