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Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Longitudinal survey

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Longitudinal survey captures information about the activities and perspectives of graduates three and a half years after they completed their studies. The following report analyses the 107,340 responses we received to the winter 2016/17 survey which contacted 2012/13 leavers.

Further study

For those engaged in further study, there is a great deal of variation by domicile in the type of courses taken (see Table 16 and Chart 9). While UK students tend to enrol on a wide range of levels of study, almost eighty five percent of other EU domiciled students are undertaking a higher degree.





Table 16 - UK and other EU domiciled leavers 2012/13 engaged in further study (inc. work and further study) by level of qualification obtained, domicile, mode of study, sex and qualification aim







Within the longitudinal survey, we find that in certain subject areas, individuals are unlikely to be enrolled in the same subject area as they qualified in during 2012/13 (see Table 17). For instance, a relatively low proportion of those who originally completed a course in Agriculture and related subjects or Mathematical sciences were studying in these areas three and a half years later.

Table 17 - UK domiciled leavers 2012/13 engaged in further study (inc. work and further study) by subject area and subject area of further study




Table 18 indicates that around forty five percent of individuals who went on to further study went on to achieve postgraduate qualifications after graduating. This was particularly seen within providers recruiting students with high average tariff scores. In comparison, those providers offering lower entry requirements had higher proportions of respondents attaining other diplomas or certificates.





Table 18 - UK domiciled leavers 2012/13 who achieved further qualifications by sex, level of qualification obtained and level of highest qualification achieved



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