Julia Belgutay

Drop-outs fall and passes rise in decent year for FE

Eight-year data analysis shows course completions and success rates across the sector are on the increase

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Fewer students are dropping out of full-time college courses, Scottish Funding Council (SFC) figures reveal.

While the trend has been welcomed, the number of students who are failing to complete courses is still “deeply concerning”, the NUS Scotland students’ union has warned.

A quarter (25.5 per cent) of full-time further education students failed to complete their course in 2015-16, compared with 27.9 per cent in 2008-09, according to the SFC’s College Performance Indicators, published this week.

The number of students completing and passing their courses also rose last year, from 64 per ...

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