Student Progression and Destinations

Identify the internal progression and external destination routes of your students on completion of their studies.


Student Progression and Destinations Report

How do we add value?

Colleges often have a perception of whether a particular course or programme is mainly designed to lead to further study or employment or both. Regular monitoring of students’ actual destinations will show whether these characteristics are changing over the years and this in turn can help to guide pre-course counselling, curriculum design and the planning of marketing.

Destination survey outcomes can also contribute to your Self Assessment Report and can assist with your Equality & Diversity monitoring.

Through a combination of data matching and telephone surveys we provide an independent research service to give your college detailed destinations and progression routes of former learners as well as producing a baseline for future years.

The data can be used to identify possible problem areas for further investigation but can also have a very valuable role in helping to select the approach to be taken in course promotional materials and the selection of illustrative case studies.

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Possible destinations of learners who have completed their studies
Possible destinations of learners who have completed their studies

The role of the FE sector is becoming increasingly focused on ensuring young people leaving college progress into a successful career. The challenge is to measure this and demonstrate the impact FE institutions have had on student destinations. That’s where we can help.

Peter Byram

Research Director , RCU

Student Destinations

Our Methodology

Using College supplied ILR and HE data we will match the destinations of learners into different categories including:

  • Are they taking another course at your College;
  • Have they progressed onto another FE funding course at a different instituttion; or
  • Have they progressed onto Higher Education

Once this analysis has been completed we will then create a more detailed sample of unmatched learners to follow up with a telephone survey.

Using a robust sample of all the unmatched learners we will conduct a telephone survey to identify whether these individuals have progressed into employment or could be classified as NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training).

For those in employment we ask if the learning that they did on the course helped them with what they currently do in their job.

Combining all results from the data analysis and telephone survey with information on the learner’s former school, gender, ethnicity, course and level of study, we will create a simple interactive electronic reporting tool which will enable you to view overall destinations with the ability to drill down by learner and course characteristics as well as by former school.

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Learners continuing in FE study at your college