Colleges enrolled a record 3.5 million students during the past academic year, new figures revealed this week. The total was up 29 per cent on 1994-95, according to the Further Education Funding Council.
The figures, based on the final returns for the 1995-96 academic year, show 79 per cent of students were over 19.
Colleges could identify students' destinations for only 37 per cent of full-timers. About a third continued in FE, another third went into higher education and a third got jobs after finishing their courses.
Of the 21 per cent of part-timers whose next steps were recorded, a third continued in FE, only 3 per cent went into HE, while just over half ended up in jobs.