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The latest national statistics on Level 2 and 3 Attainment by age 19 produced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families were released on 24th March 2009 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics AuthorityUK Statistics Authority

DCSF: Level 2 and 3 Attainment by Young People in England Measured Using Matched Administrative Data: Attainment by Age 19 in 2008 (Provisional)

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Statistics on level 2 and 3 attainment by age 19 are published as LEVEL 2 AND 3 ATTAINMENT BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN ENGLAND MEASURED USING MATCHED ADMINISTRATIVE DATA: ATTAINMENT BY AGE 19 IN 2008 (PROVISIONAL) and include data from England covering overall level 2 and 3 attainment by age, cohort and qualification type.

The latest statistics report on the period up to 2007/8 and update those previously released on 26 February 2008.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • In 2008, 76.7 percent of people aged 19 were qualified to at least level 2. This is an increase 5.3 percentage points since 2006. The PSA target required a two percentage point increase between 2006 and 2008 and therefore this target has been exceeded by 3.3 percentage points.
  • In 2008, 49.8 per cent of people aged 19 were qualified to level 3, an increase of 1.7 percentage points on those people aged 19 in 2007.
  • The proportion of people aged 19 qualified to level 3 has risen by 7.9 percentage points since the series began in 2004.
  • The proportion of 16 to 19 year olds achieving levels 2 and 3 via Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQs) has risen each year. VRQs are the most common way of reaching level 2 post-16.
On 30 April additional information was added on attainment by gender, FSM (both nationally and by LEA), ethnicity and special educational needs as well as institution type breakdowns showing where learners reached level 2 and 3 and regional tables. Attainment by LEA is available via link below to FE Data Service web-site. Maps based on this information will be added as additional information to this page within the next few days.
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Additional informationEXCEL (Level 2 and level 3 attainment by gender (Added 30 April 2009))
Additional informationEXCEL (Level 2 and level 3 attainment by eligibility for free school meals (Added 30 April 2009))
Additional informationEXCEL (Level 2 and level 3 attainment by IDACI quartiles (Added 30 April 2009))
Additional informationEXCEL (Level 2 and level 3 attainment by ethnicity (Added 30 April 2009))
Additional informationEXCEL (Level 2 and level 3 attainment by special educational needs (Added 30 April 2009))
Additional informationEXCEL (Level 2 and level 3 attainment by eligibility for free school meals and local authority (Added 30 April 2009))
Additional informationEXCEL (Level 2 and level 3 attainment by region (Added 30 April 2009))
Additional informationEXCEL (Level 2 and 3 at 19 by institution type where qualification achieved (Added 30 April 2009))
Additional informationPDF (Map 1 - Proportion of 19 year olds in England qualified to at least Level 2 by Local Authority, 19 in 2008 cohort.)
Additional informationPDF (Map 2 - Increase between ages 16 and 19 in the proportion of young people in England qualified to at least level 2 by Local Authority, 19 in 2008 cohort.)
Additional informationPDF (Map 3 - Proportion of 19 year olds in England qualified to Level 3 by Local Authority, 19 in 2008 cohort.)
Reference IDSFR04/2009
Coverage Country England
Date Released24 March 2009
Main Category Children, Education and Skills
Sub CategoryFurther and Higher Education    Click on subcategory link to see if there is later information
Studies and Qualifications (post-16)
TypeStatistical First Release
ContactTim Thair  tim.thair@education.gsi.gov.uk  tel: 0114 274 2490
PreRelease AccessClick here

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