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S5W-04686: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 14 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-01973 by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 2 September 2016, (a) what support it has provided to part-time college students and (b) how many part-time students completed their course in each year since 2013-14.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 25 November 2016

Part-time further education (FE) students at college can benefit from access to record levels of support, with this year’s (2016-17) budget of £106.2 million in college bursaries, childcare and discretionary funds representing a real-terms increase of 30% since 2006-07.

In 2013-14 the FE student support budget was £102.8 million, rising to just over £104 million in 2014-15, and £105.3 million in 2015-16.

Furthermore, the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) programme eligibility criteria was extended in January 2016 to include part-time FE college courses.

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) publish the data requested on the completion rates for part-time college students in their annual ‘College Performance Indicators’ publication. Academic Year 2014-15 is the latest year for which the SFC hold data.

College completion rates for student enrolments on part-time recognised qualifications 2013-14 to 2014-15

 

Further Education (FE)

Higher Education (HE)

Academic Year

Completions

All

Completion Rate

Completions

All

Completion Rate

2013-14

94,357

103,683

91.0%

10,907

11,906

91.6%

2014-15

101,141

110,108

91.9%

11,216

12,157

92.3%

Source: Scottish Funding Council, ‘College Performance Indicators’

Note: Completions include Completed Successfully and Partial Success