Full Time Learners Aged 16-18 Years - Destinations (2018-19 Year-End)
We gather information on the destination of our completing learners each year via tutors and phone survey conducted a few months after completion of their programme of study. The above charts show the headline destination data for all learners aged 16-18 years completing their studies in 2018/19, followed by an analysis by level.
Overall the survey reported that 2,492 (97.5%) completing learners progressed to a positive destination, Higher Education (university), education, training or employment. A positive progression rate is seen at all levels: level 1 96.7%, level 2 98.4%, level 3 97.36%. This continues a trend of positive outcomes for our learners.
From level 3 358 learners (31.8%) progressed directly into Higher Education. The number of learners choosing to progress to Higher Education is consistent with numbers reported in 17/18.
At lower levels the bulk of learners continued in education. This is due to many learners arriving at college with less than five GCSEs grade C or above who followed preparatory qualifications as a stepping stone to level 3 and beyond.
Destinations by diversity type
An analysis of destinations by diversity type shows that the overall positive destination rate is broadly the same for all groups. The college is committed to encouraging more of our learners to continue on to higher studies. The numbers choosing to complete higher studies through a Higher Apprenticeship increased four-fold since 2015/16. We continue to work with universities through the National Collaborative Outreach Project (NCOP) on a wide range of initiatives to drive this.
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 in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and especially in mathematics). The chart shows the percentage of qualifications completed by learners aged 16-18 years that were in STEM related subjects. In 2018/19, 1,855 (45%) of our young people followed STEM programmes of study. This demonstrates a 3% increase compared with 17/18. We continue to see a good percentage of our learners studying STEM, showing our continued focus on ensuring we develop curriculum to meet the needs of these important sectors.
Progression to advanced level - trend analysis
As detailed earlier, in total 98.4% of completing level 2 learners progressed to a positive destination, either education or employment. 84.2% of learners continued on with training, the majority with us. As detailed in the graph, 50% of all of the College’s level 2 learners progressed directly into level 3 provision. This progression rate has increased since 2011/12 and is in keeping with previous years. This indicates that the completion of a level 2 programme is effective in supporting immediate progress to advanced level skills training and that a growing number of level 2 learners choose this option. The college clearly plays an important role locally in progressing learners to advanced level skills programmes which are required to support the regional economy.