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Progression of College Students in London to Higher Education 2007 to 2012

Following on from our previous research work on learner and apprenticeship progression in London, we have, with generous contributions from three of our partners, (London Councils Young People’s Skills and Education, Kings and SOAS) commissioned a follow up report on college learner progression from 2007 – 12.

The report by Hugh Joslin and Sharon Smith of Greenwich University provides progression data on five cohorts of learners (over a quarter of a million) it therefore starts to measure the effect of the fee rise in 2012, it includes for the first time Key Stage 4 data and it also looks at attainment for the first two cohorts of our original study.

On the 7th October 2015, Linking London held an event to launch the update of the report at London Council’s Offices in Southwick. The launch featured a presentation from Hugh Joslin and Sharon Smith, University of Greenwich, who outlined the main findings from the report and then answered questions from the attendees.

This was followed by a presentation from Yolande Burgess, Senior Director, Young People’s Education and Skills, London Councils, on the strategic importance of the report for FE and sixth form colleges in London.

This quote from the report summarises the role FE plays in social mobility:

FE and Sixth Form Colleges in London are seen to cater for an increasingly deprived cohort.  The findings show that of the cohorts of London college students, 77% come from deprived neighbourhoods and 61% are from BME groups.   Coupled with the fact that the London colleges provide Level 3 opportunities for students who were low KS4 achievers at school, many of whom go on to progress to HE, this report reveals a significant role the sector has in the capital as a mechanism for social mobility.

The report has since been sent to key influencers and organisations involved in promoting social justice.

If you would like a copy of the report, please email

To view an infographic of the report, click here.


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