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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Provider learners enrolled at further education and higher level institutions excluding higher education learning programmes
Academic yearAcademic years run from 1 August of the initial year to 31 July of the following year.[Filtered]
Reference dateThe data is provided on two bases. \'Full academic year\' provides the full year count, and \'Week of 1st December\' provides the numbers in-learning for that week only. The numbers in the week of 1st December act as a snapshot of provision at a given moment in time.[Filtered]
[Collapse]Mode of studyAny learners pursuing a work-based learning designated learning programme at a further education institution have been categorised as work-based learning. Full-time and part-time learners are determined using the learning programme code, with priority being given to full-time learning programmes. Prior to 2014/15, full-time learners are defined as those with at least 450 guided contact hours across all learning programmes in the academic year.[Filter]
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[Collapse]ProviderThis dimension gives the further education (FE) or higher education (HE) institution with whom the learner is studying. Data for FE institutions includes work-based learning provision on a consortium member basis and local authority community learning where there is a formal enrolment. This report excludes any learning programmes designated as HE in their entirety.[Filter]
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[Collapse]All Further Education institutions196,110383,30068,385647,795
All Further Education institutionsBridgend College10,27517,8551,60029,740
Coleg Sir Gar10,92512,5104,72028,150
Coleg Ceredigion2,5004,1003957,000
Deeside College3,5506,6253,01513,190
Coleg Gwent30,01554,3251,78086,125
Grwp Llandrillo Menai24,61052,69512,38089,690
Merthyr Tydfil College6,1705,3651,71513,245
Pembrokeshire College6,20516,7555,90028,855
Coleg Morgannwg2,6305,3903808,400
Coleg Powys1,0152,6752253,915
St David's Catholic Sixth Form College5,565210.The data item is not applicable5,775
Yale College2,9605,9901,12010,070
Ystrad Mynach College2,0255,2505357,810
WEA (South)4516,695.The data item is not applicable16,740
YMCA.The data item is not applicable14,325.The data item is not applicable14,325
Neath Port Talbot College3,2505,0558409,145
Coleg Harlech / WEA (North)659,185.The data item is not applicable9,250
Gower College Swansea18,04029,8555,32553,225
Cardiff and Vale College18,85524,1758,75551,790
Coleg Cambria19,68026,93012,61559,220
Coleg Y Cymoedd14,73018,7302,50535,970
Adult Learning Wales.The data item is not applicable18,015.The data item is not applicable18,015
Grwp NPTC12,98018,0554,58035,620
WEA Cymru.The data item is not applicable12,530.The data item is not applicable12,530
[Collapse]All Higher Education institutions81554,790.The data item is not applicable55,605
All Higher Education institutionsUniversity of South Wales5005,895.The data item is not applicable6,385
Aberystwyth University.The data item is not applicable8,500.The data item is not applicable8,500
Bangor University.The data item is not applicable22,110.The data item is not applicable22,110
Cardiff University.The data item is not applicable6,330.The data item is not applicable6,330
Swansea University.The data item is not applicable11,860.The data item is not applicable11,860
The University of Wales, Trinity Saint David32095.The data item is not applicable420


General description

This table provides the number of learners enrolled at further education (FE) and higher education (HE) 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. Learners enrolled at higher education institutions and franchised into FE institutions are not included in this data. Any learning programmes designated as higher education in their entirety are not included in the data.

Learner counts are based on providers' own learner identifiers and therefore the total learners across all providers will include some multiple-counting between providers.

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

All data in the table is calculated using the month 7 freeze of the Lifelong Learning Wales Record (LLWR). This freeze is produced close to the end of the February after the academic year in question finishes. For example, the freeze containing the 2012/13 data was taken close to the end of February 2014.

The data for the six higher education institutions is taken from the HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) Student Record.

Frequency of publication


Data reference periods

Data in the table is presented on an academic year basis, which runs from 1st August - 31st July. Data for both full-year provision and those in learning during the week of December 1st are available.

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 (*).


Provider learners enrolled at Further Education and Higher Education Institutions in Wales excluding Higher Education Programmes

Last update

May 2017 May 2017

Next update

May 2018 (Provisional)

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Lifelong Learning Wales Record, Welsh Government

Source 2

Higher education student record, Higher Education Statistics Agency

Contact email


National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation


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

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.