Associations between characteristics of students

Continuing in part-time higher education

This dashboard shows how likely part-time students are to continue their studies into their third year or qualify.

  • Continuation quintile 1 shows groups of students who have the lowest chance of continuing their studies.
  • Students in continuation quintile 5 have the highest chance of continuing their studies.
  • We have calculated the part-time continuation measure for UK-domiciled students studying part-time undergraduate courses at English higher education providers
  • By default the chart shows how all UK-domiciled, part-time undergraduate students are distributed across the continuation quintiles.
  • Where an attribute is selected for all eight characteristics, then 100 per cent of students will be in a single continuation quintile. Otherwise, the chart shows the distribution of students holding the selected characteristics across the continuation quintiles.
  • Below the chart is the derived quintile. If one or more characteristics remain unselected and are set to ‘—any [characteristic] –‘, then this shows the quintile that has been derived for this student group, based on a weighted average of the distribution of students across all the quintiles.
  • Adult HE = a quintile assigned to an area based on the proportion of adults from that area that held a higher education qualification at the point of the 2011 census. Only applies to mature students and Adult HE data for students under 21-years-old is not presented.
  • Age group = students' age when they started their course.
  • Disability = their self-reported disability status.
  • Ethnicity = a detailed description of their ethnicity.
  • IDACI = their 'Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index' quintile. This is a measure of the proportion of children under the age of 16 in low-income households for an area. Only produced for students domiciled in England.
  • IMD = their 'Index of Multiple Deprivation' quintile. This is a measure of multiple deprivation of small areas. Only produced for students domiciled in England.
  • Local or distance learner = whether or not students live locally to their higher education provider or are distance learners.
  • Sex = displayed as female or male.

The proportions for the different quintiles are based on the population of young people that share the selected characteristics. While these proportions are visually represented here by 100 people the actual number may far exceed 100 or may be below 100.

Due to rounding, the proportions for the different quintiles may not sum to 100 per cent.

In the data download, populations have been rounded to the nearest 5. Groups with 1 or 2 individuals as well as groups which do not exist in the modelling data are shown as having a population of 0.

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Last updated 30 September 2022
30 September 2022
The measure has been updated.
13 October 2021
Updated for latest ABCS report
09 February 2021
Updates to the the existing data.
26 November 2020
Dashboard updated to reflect new data.
24 January 2020
Access groups by student characteristics data files updated to add lines that were missing from the original file

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