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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Learning activities at further education institutions by sector subject area and unitary authority of domicile
Academic yearAcademic years run from 1 August of the initial year to 31 July of the following year.[Filtered]
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Credit level 1[Filter]
[Collapse]Delivery mediumPrior to 2014/15 this dimension was based on the medium of delivery, and from 2014/15 onwards this dimension is dependent on the medium that the assessment was completed in. This creates a discontinuity in the series and therefore the data for medium of delivery are not comparable between these years. Any activities not delivered/assessed entirely in English or Welsh are deemed to be bilingual. Qualifications that teach the Welsh language, including Welsh for Adults, are categorised as English medium.[Filtered]
Delivery medium 1[Filter]
Gender 1[Filter]
Area Codes[Filter]
[Collapse]Region of domicileThis dimension gives the local authority of domicile of the learner, and has been calculated using their recorded home postcode. The 22 local authorities in Wales are grouped under four regions.[Filter]
[Collapse]Region of domicile 1
[Collapse]Region of domicile 2
Region of domicile 3
[Collapse]Sector subject areaThis dimension gives the sector subject area (SSA) of the learning activity. These SSAs are derived from the LearnDirect Classification System, and are the QCA defined learning areas with some amendments to be consistent with Estyn statistics. [Filter]
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Sector subject area 2
[Collapse]All areasClick here to sortAll areas
[Collapse]WalesClick here to sortWales[Expand]Click here to sortOutside Wales or not knownIncludes all learners known to be domiciled outside of Wales and all learners for whom the region of domicile is unknown.
[Expand]Click here to sortNorth Wales regionNorth Wales region consists of the local authorities of Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham.[Expand]Click here to sortMid Wales regionMid Wales region consists of the local authorities of Powys and Ceredigion.[Expand]Click here to sortSouth West Wales regionSouth West Wales region consists of the local authorities of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.[Expand]Click here to sortSouth East Wales regionSouth East Wales region consists of the local authorities of Bridgend, The Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf,  Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Newport and Cardiff.
[Collapse]All sector subject areas171,59526,045173,675301,535672,84512,610685,455
All sector subject areas[Expand]Health, Public Services and Care17,2153,51521,58026,90569,2151,03070,240
[Expand]Science and Mathematics7,5051,00512,55020,46041,52037041,890
[Expand]Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care2,3659701,7552,4707,5603307,890
[Expand]Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies11,3751,3159,45017,35539,4951,81541,320
[Expand]Construction, Planning and the Built Environment7,8701,5909,34013,63032,43084533,275
[Expand]Information and Communication Technology3,7051,3506,9358,82520,81523021,045
[Expand]Retail and Commercial Enterprise6,9501,5155,89514,14028,50542028,920
[Expand]Leisure, Travel and Tourism2,7703153,0104,24010,34020010,535
[Expand]Arts, Media and Publishing5,0401,2007,3409,23022,81529523,110
[Expand]History, Philosophy and Theology76012014,4752,05017,4108517,495
[Expand]Social Sciences1,255953,7605,03010,14012510,265
[Expand]Languages, Literature and Culture5,3051,0607,86015,03029,25043029,680
[Expand]Education and Training12,2158154,5653,39020,98039021,360
[Expand]Preparation for Life and Work73,5559,73553,435142,145278,8704,395283,265
[Expand]Business, Administration and Law11,0201,32510,88516,46539,6951,32041,015
[Expand]Not known2,7051158351553,8053404,145



Learning activities at Further Education Institutions in Wales

Last update

28 February 2023 28 February 2023

Next update

February 2024

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Lifelong Learning Wales Record, Welsh Government

Contact email


National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local authorities

Geographical coverage


Languages covered

English only

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description

This table provides the number of learning activities at further education (FE) institutions in Wales. The data includes work-based learning provision at FE institutions on a consortium member basis and local authority community learning where there is a formal enrolment with an FE institution.

This is one of two tables that provide counts on a learning activity basis. The other table, which offers different dimensions for the data to be broken down by, can be found under the Weblinks tab.

All figures are rounded to the nearest multiple of 5. Any values greater than 0 and less than 5 have been suppressed and replaced with an asterisk (*)

Data collection and calculation

From 2016/17 onwards all data in the table is calculated using the month 5 freeze of the Lifelong Learning Wales Record (LLWR). This freeze is produced close to the end of the December after the academic year in question finishes. For example, the freeze containing the 2016/17 data was taken close to the end of December 2017.
Prior to 2016/17 data in the table was calculated using the month 7 freeze of the Lifelong Learning Wales Record (LLWR). This freeze was produced close to the end of the February after the academic year in question finishes. For example, the freeze containing the 2015/16 data was taken close to the end of February 2017.

Frequency of publication


Data reference periods

Data in the table is presented on an academic year basis, which runs from 1st August - 31st July.

Users, uses and context

The data in this table are used both within and outside the Welsh Government to monitor educational trends and as a baseline for further analysis of the underlying data. Some of the key users are:

Ministers and the Members Research Service in the National Assembly for Wales
Officials in the Welsh Government
Other government departments
Further Education Institutions, Work-Based Learning providers and local authorities
Estyn, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education and Training in Wales
Students, researchers, and academics
Individual citizens, private companies, and the media

These statistics are used in a variety of ways. Some examples of these are:

General background and research
Inclusion in reports and briefings
Advice to Ministers
Informing and evaluating the education policy-making process in Wales

LLWR data are used to underpin funding and performance reports for learning providers, to calculate NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) figures and in student finance modelling.

Rounding applied

All figures in the table have been rounded to the closest multiple of 5. All non-zero values less than 5 have been suppressed and are denoted by an asterisk (*).

Statistical quality

Statisticians within the Welsh Government review the data and query any anomalies with the LLWR data collection team and, where relevant, with learning providers before tables are published.

The LLWR data underlying this table are intended to be final, for non-funding purposes.


Lifelong Learning Wales Record LLWR Further Education FE Post 16 P16

Weblinks - Further education, work-based learning and community learning statistics: an annual publication which this table provides part of a digital alternative with improved interactivity. Previous publications of this release provide data for the academic years 2006/07 - 2011/12, and there are no current plans to update this table to include data previous to 2012/13. - A second report which provides data on learning activities at further education institutions. Learning activity numbers in this report can be broken down by age group, gender and qualification type.