Level 3 results of students aged 16-18 by ethnic group, gender and college course

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Dear Department for Education,

I am currently undertaking my doctorate in education. I would like to compare the results from my study (in one FE college) to the UK average in relation to outcomes for level 3 students aged 16-18. My study was completed with a cohort of students who completed their courses in June 2016, so I would like the statistics from the year 2015-2016 please.
I would like to compare results based on:

gender (can you tell me if these differences are statistically significant)
ethnicity (can you also tell me if these differences are statistically significant?)
course (i.e. Health and Social care, travel and tourism, engineering, media, etc and again, are they statistically significant?)

Yours faithfully,
Judith Darnell

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear Ms Darnell,

 

Thank you very much for your email received on 6^th December 2017,
reference number: 2017-0057740, your request was as follows:

 

 

I am currently undertaking my doctorate in education. I would like to
compare the results from my study (in one FE college) to the UK average in
relation to outcomes for level 3 students aged 16-18. My study was
completed with a cohort of students who completed their courses in June
2016, so I would like the statistics from the year 2015-2016 please.

I would like to compare results based on:

 

gender (can you tell me if these differences are statistically
significant) ethnicity (can you also tell me if these differences are
statistically significant?) course (i.e. Health and Social care, travel
and tourism, engineering, media, etc and again, are they statistically
significant?)

 

 

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

In order to identify and locate the information that you require I would
be grateful if you could clarify a few points for me:

 

-        Are you looking for data on the overall attainment of students
aged 16-18 (e.g. the number of A levels sat by students, or the percentage
of students achieving 3 A*-A grades)? The department publishes a range of
statistics split by gender and subject
([1]https://www.gov.uk/government/collection...
- Select the required year – you should use the ‘revised’ version for
every year, except 2016/17 where the provisional release is the latest
available – then download the ‘national tables’ and ‘subject time
series’). The department has also published A level attainment split by
ethnicity
([2]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
- download the underlying data for the required years). If the available
data does not meet your needs then please get back in touch; it would be
helpful to outline the specific information you would like the department
to provide.

-        You have asked about the statistical significance of the
differences, can I check whether you are referring to your data, the
department’s data or a comparison between the two? The department is
unable to complete statistical analysis as part of a Freedom of
Information request and can only provide the data in the format in which
it is held by us.

 

You can find data on individual schools and colleges in the downloads from
this link:
[3]https://www.compare-school-performance.s....

 

You may also be interested in the departments published statistics on the
destinations of students at the end of 16-18 study which can be found
here:
[4]https://www.gov.uk/government/collection....

 

Please also be aware that the department is only responsible for education
provision in England as it is a devolved matter. You should visit these
links for the respective devolved administrations:

Scotland - [5]https://education.gov.scot/

Wales - [6]http://gov.wales/topics/educationandskil...

Northern Ireland - [7]https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/

 

 

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independent review panel, who were not involved in the original
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If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the
Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office

 

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

 

Philip Sinfield

Department for Education

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1. https://www.gov.uk/government/collection...
2. https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
3. https://www.compare-school-performance.s...
4. https://www.gov.uk/government/collection...
5. https://education.gov.scot/
6. http://gov.wales/topics/educationandskil...
7. https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/

Dear ACCOUNT, Unmonitored,
Thank you for your response.
I apologise that my initial request was not as clear as it could have been.
Firstly, I am not concerned with A-level data. My focus is those students who are enrolled on a level 3 college course (i.e. specifically level 3 BTEC courses - health and social care, business, hairdressing, etc). I do not want to know the number of passes of those courses - more the students' points scores (i.e. for BTEC courses their scores get converted into UCAS points). I want to know whether nationally girls outperformed boys on level 3 BTEC courses for the year 15-16 (where they completed the 2-year course in 2016).
I would like the same information for ethnicity and course studied (i.e. engineering, dance, health and social care, etc).
My own study found that 'gender' and 'college course' found significant differences in attainment scores where girls gained significantly higher UCAS points than boys and health and social care students gained significantly higher UCAS points than travel and tourism. I am asking to see whether this is reflective of the national results (or whether these results are just apparent in one FE college). If you don't provide significant figures then this is no problem - but a table to see the differences in BTEC course scores and scores across gender would be helpful and I can calculate if they are statistically significant.
Many thanks,

Yours sincerely,

Judith Darnell

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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Dear Ms Darnell,

 

Thank you very much for your email received on 9^th January 2018,
reference number: 2018-0002012, your request was as follows:

 

 

I am currently undertaking my doctorate in education. I would like to
compare the results from my study  (in one FE college) to the UK average
in relation to outcomes for level 3 students aged 16-18. My study was
completed with a cohort of students who completed their courses in June
2016, so I would like the statistics from the year 2015-2016 please.

I would like to compare results based on:

 

gender (can you tell me if these differences are statistically
significant) ethnicity (can you also tell me if these differences are
statistically significant?) course (i.e. Health and Social care, travel
and tourism, engineering, media, etc and again, are they statistically
significant?)

 

 

Following clarification, you confirmed that you were looking to receive
the ‘points scores’ for students who completed level 3 BTEC courses and
for these figures to be broken down by gender, ethnicity and the course
completed.

 

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please accept the department’s apologies for the delay in responding to
you.

 

Please find the attached Excel spreadsheet which contains the requested
information. The department has not provided UCAS points as this is not a
measure that is used in our data, instead we have used ‘performance
points’ in line with 16-18 performance table methodology.

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should
make a complaint to the Department by writing to me within two calendar
months of the date of this letter. Your complaint will be considered by an
independent review panel, who were not involved in the original
consideration of your request. 

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the
Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office

 

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

 

Philip Sinfield

Department for Education

Dear ACCOUNT, Unmonitored,
Thank you very much for providing this information. It is much appreciated.
Best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Judith Darnell

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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