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Data produced by the Association of Colleges for 2020/21 reveals that there were 162 FE colleges on OfS register of HE providers, delivering HE courses to 118,000 students. Of these students:

  • 31,000 were under the age of 21
  • 22,000 were aged between 21 and 24
  • 65,000 were aged 25+.

The AoC data also shows that FE colleges deliver:

  • 84% of Higher National Certificates (Level 4)
  • 66% of Higher National Diplomas (Level 5)
  • 67% of Foundation Degrees (Level 5)

AOC Key Further Education Statistics

College Key Facts
Each year, the AOC produce a College Key Facts leaflet, which provides a useful overview of the main facts and figures relating to colleges in England. It contains information on students numbers in education, on apprenticeships and higher education as well as statistics on curriculum and quality, diversity, staff and finance.

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What is the student voice? 13 essays on how to listen to students and how to act on what they say. Edited by Michael Natzler, HEPI’s Policy Officer

The collection  of essays covers a wide range of topics from the role of sabbatical officers as governors to the National Union of Students, mature students and includes contributions from survey experts, sabbatical officers and a vice-chancellor as well as interviews with the Office for Students’ Student Panel.

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An inclusive mindset for adult learners: an international perspective OfS

Deakin University in southern-eastern Australia is a dual mode institution, providing study online for around 30 per cent of students. At present, Deakin enrols well over 60,000 students each year with the large majority (over 70 per cent) enrolling at least two years after completing schooling.

Adult or return-to-study learners make up almost all of the online enrolments, are 60 per cent of on-campus students and around 20 per cent of undergraduates. These students are returning to study after an initial degree or career, and have carer and other responsibilities. They bring a wide range of experiences and backgrounds and have varying goals. To create conditions for success, institutions need to understand their learners and celebrate the diversity amongst them.

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