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College Leaver Destinations 2014-15

College students

21 Sep 2016

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) has published its first detailed account of the destinations of successful full-time students who have completed courses in Scotland’s colleges.

The publication provides a clear and robust analysis of destinations achieved by college students three to six months after qualifying. It discusses the college course within further and higher education and its distinct role in learner journeys, which typically involves further study in college and university, as well as routes to employment.

Data available in the 2014-15 report extends to include deprivation and equalities insights. The statistical evidence aims to provide in depth information to help understand the role of colleges in preparing students for continued education and employment.

Highlights from the College Leavers’ publication include:

  • An increase in the portion of confirmed destinations from the full-time qualifying cohort compared to 2013-14 (85.7% to 86.4%), increasing accuracy of analysis and understanding of the destinations reached in the sector.
  • Positive destinations up from 91.5% to 95.6% for confirmed destinations (up from 81.5% to 82.6% for all qualifiers).
  • As already noted, the majority of students continue in full-time education, with those entering further study rising by 4.1 percentage points and the proportion of those directly entering employment reducing by 3.0 percentage points.
  • Those from the most deprived 20% SIMD are continuing to further study more than the cohort average.
  • There is parity between genders in positive destinations: male 95.8%, female 95.4% for confirmed destinations (male 82.7%, female 82.6% for all qualifiers).
  • Those with disabilities fare poorer in reaching positive destinations than those without.
  • 16-24-year-old positive destinations have remained broadly consistent at nearly 96% for known destinations (just above 83% of all qualifiers).
  • Those from the most deprived 40% SIMD are less likely than those from less deprived SIMD to find employment.

John Kemp, Interim Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said:

“This publication provides us with robust data on progression to further study and employment across all age groups. It helps us to build a picture of the learner journeys of college students and the impact college is having.

“The findings also support our work with colleges to ensure that the right courses are in place for individuals to move into work or the next level of learning.”