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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Unique learners enrolled at further education institutions by primary disability and/or learning difficulty and gender
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Unique learners in further education in Wales

Last update
20 February 2020 20 February 2020

Next update
February 2021

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 learners enrolled 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.

Learner counts are provided on a 'unique learner' basis which uses the unique learner identifier in the underlying data. This eliminates any element of multiple-counting where a learner is enrolled at two or more FE institutions in the academic year.

This is one of two tables that provide counts on a 'unique learner' 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.

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 unique learners enrolled at further education institutions. Learner numbers in this report can be broken down by mode of study, programme level, home country and deprivation status.

Lifelong Learning Wales Record LLWR Further Education FE Post 16 P16