Data Sources

Numerous Government departments and sector organisations collect and produce statistics relating to colleges.

This below list of links about college statistics is a useful resource for colleges on the following topics:

  • statistics on student numbers and achievement
  • staff numbers
  • college funding and financial data
  • higher education statistics


Post 16 learning statistics, research and information:
The Skills Funding Agency (an executive agency of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills) has the main responsibility for the dissemination of post-16 learning statistics. The Department for Education also has some responsibility.


Statistics on staff in Colleges:
The Education and Training Foundation has responsibity for the annual collection and analysis of further education and skills workforce data.


College funding and financial data:


College inspections:


Skills and employment research and statistics:
UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) is a Non-Departmental Public Body providing strategic leadership on skills and employment issues in the four nations of the UK.


Higher education statistics:


Others: