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Release: 2011 Census, Detailed Characteristics on Qualifications for 2011 Census Merged Wards and Middle Layer Super Output Areas in England and Wales

Released: 19 December 2013


Peter Stokes

2011 Census

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444972

Categories: Children, Education and Skills, Higher Education and Adult Learning, Higher Education Skills and Qualifications, School and College Education, School and College Skills and Qualifications

Frequency of release: Decennial

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Ward and Electoral District

Survey name(s): Census

In this release

This release provides Detailed Characteristics tables on the topic of Qualifications, cross-tabulated with one or more other topics from the census.  Tables are provided for local authorities, 2011 Census Merged Wards and Middle Layer Super Output (MSOA) areas in England and Wales.

There are 24 tables in this release: 11 tables are available at both MSOA and 2011 Census Merged Ward Level, 9 tables at merged local authority level and 4 tables at regional level. All tables are available from the Nomis website. Each table can be accessed directly using the links in the reference table (42.5 Kb Excel sheet) .

In order to provide the most detail possible in cross-tabulations at local authority district (LAD) level whilst maintaining the confidentiality of individuals’ information, it is necessary to merge some local authority districts that have smaller populations.  All tables in which local authority areas are merged are indicated by the addition of ‘la’ in the table number, for example DC6501EWla.

In this merged LAD geographic hierarchy, the London boroughs of Westminster and City of London are merged, and Cornwall UA has been merged with Isle of Scilly UA.  All other London boroughs, unitary authorities and districts in England and unitary authorities in Wales remain unmerged in this hierarchy.  These unmerged areas have the same boundaries as their equivalent areas in other geographies, but are given a different entity code (E41 in England and W40 in Wales) to that used in the standard statistical or administrative hierarchies. A different entity code (E42) is also used for English counties in the merged LAD hierarchy.
The level of detail included in Detailed Characteristics tables means that, in order to prevent disclosure of individuals’ information, these tables are only produced for areas that have minimum population thresholds of 1,000 persons or 400 households. Some wards fall below this threshold. In these cases the ward is merged with a neighbouring ward, or wards, until the combined Census estimate for the merged wards is above both the minimum person (1,000) and household (400) threshold. Detailed Characteristics are therefore produced for wards known as 2011 Census Merged Wards. The complete set of 2011 Census Merged Wards includes both those that have been merged, as well as those wards above the threshold that do not need to be merged. This gives complete coverage of England and Wales.

More information about merged local authorities, MSOAs and 2011 Census Merged Wards is available from ONS Geography.

During 2014 ONS will release further Detailed Characteristics tables for MSOAs and 2011 Census Merged Wards and further statistics at lower levels of geography such as output areas. These will continue to provide an even richer and more valuable data source for the many users of the census.

Further information about the census estimates, including details about the methodology used and information about how other population sub-groups are counted and defined, is available in the 2011 Census user guide.

Further information on the fitness for purpose of the statistics in this release can be found in the Quality and Methodology (157.6 Kb Pdf) Information paper.

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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