Higher Skills Learners - Enrolments (2018-19 Year-End Data)
Engagement and participation rates
Learner engagement trend analysis
The college considers higher skills learners as:
- HNC/D learners – those studying dedicated HE programmes on a full or part-time basis.
- Classroom based Level 4+ learners – adults studying FE provision that is level 4 or higher – including professional programmes such as Teacher Training.
- Higher Apprenticeships – those studying at level 4 and above through an Apprenticeship programme. Whilst these numbers are shown above, they do not feature in any of the subsequent analysis. This is shown in the Apprenticeships section of the ASIA.
From the above it can be seen that the numbers on HNC/D and classroom based L4 programmes have remained static. In total in 2018/19 we had 370 learners undertaking higher level learning through classroom based and HNC/D programmes and 350 through Higher Apprenticeships. The number studying through Higher Apprenticeships almost doubled in each of the last two years. These learners continue to be a strategic priority for the College and we have plans to further expand our HE offer, particularly through the opening of the Institute of Technology (planned for 2021).
Travel to Learn Map
The map shows the travel to learn pattern of our higher skills learners in 2018/19. The majority of learners are from Dudley borough, as you would expect, with increasing numbers of learners looking to remain in Dudley to study rather than travel elsewhere. However, it also shows that the College is attracting higher level learners from across the wider Black Country and beyond. We are pleased to see that, as we strengthen our higher level offer and build our reputation for quality delivery of learning and skills, we are able to recruit learners from greater distances.