Dissatisfaction with the quality of college courses and teaching are the chief reasons why students drop out of college, research by the Further Education Development Agency reveals this week.
But financial hardship is also a key factor influencing students' decisions to drop-out or switch courses, the research in 21 urban colleges in England shows. Most who withdrew from courses did at least 21 hours paid work a week.
A report on the research shows that most students are more likely to switch courses than they are to drop out. The most significant shift is among GNVQ intermediate (GCSE-equivalent) students who switch from full-time to part-time courses, says the report, Additional support, retention and guidance in urban colleges.