Further education participation
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- 2. Navigate toNumber of further education participants by ethnicity over time section
- 3. Navigate toPercentage of further education participants by ethnicity over time section
- 4. Navigate toFurther education participants by ethnicity, compared with the overall population by ethnicity section
- 5. Navigate to Methodology section
- 6. Navigate to Data sources section
- 7. Navigate to Download the data section
1. Main facts and figures
between 2002/03 and 2015/16, the percentage of further education (FE) participants who were from ethnic minority groups (excluding White minorities) increased from 13.3% to 19.6%
in the same period, the number of people participating in FE among ethnic minority groups (excluding White minorities) increased by 2%, from 627,000 to 642,000
total FE participation fell by 30% from 4.7 million in 2002/03 to 3.3 million in 2015/16, with the number of learners from a White background falling by 32% from 3.8 million to 2.6 million over the same period
in 2015, 78.2% of FE participants were from a White background, which is lower than their share of the overall population (84.6%)
The ethnic categories used in this data
Data from 2011/12 onwards has been classified using the 5 standardised ethnic groups based on the 2011 Census. Data collected before 2011 has been reclassified to the 2011 Census definitions. However it is not directly comparable with data from 2011/12 onwards because of the different methodology used.
The 5 categories used are:
- Asian/Asian British
- Black/African/Caribbean/Black British
- Mixed/Multiple ethnic groups
- Other ethnic group
2. Number of further education participants by ethnicity over time
|Year||All||Asian||Black||Mixed||White||Other||Unknown||Ethnic minority (excl. White minorities)|
Summary of Further education participation Number of further education participants by ethnicity over time Summary
3. Percentage of further education participants by ethnicity over time
|Year||Asian||Black||Mixed||White||Other||Unknown||Ethnic minority (excl. White minorities)|
Summary of Further education participation Percentage of further education participants by ethnicity over time Summary
4. Further education participants by ethnicity, compared with the overall population by ethnicity
|Ethnicity||FE learners||Population (2015 estimate)|
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Summary of Further education participation Further education participants by ethnicity, compared with the overall population by ethnicity Summary
This data is based on the individualised learner record (ILR), which is submitted by further education (FE) providers to the ESFA.
The ILR uses administrative data collected about learners by FE providers.
Data about learners' demographics and the type of learning they're doing is used by ESFA to allocate funding. Ethnicity data is completed by the learner, and no adjustments are made by the learning provider.
Data on learners that forms part of the Employer Ownership Pilot (EOP) is gathered from employers in the same format as the ILR and included in the ILR dataset.
Suppression rules and disclosure control
Participant numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10 to avoid identification of individuals.
Numbers less than 5 have been suppressed.
Participant numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.
6. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Education and Skills Funding Agency
Purpose of data source
Data about people in further education and their type of learning is used by Education and Skills Funding Agency to allocate funding for further education.
7. Download the data
This file contains the following: ethnicity, year, value, numerator and denominator