Lifelong Learning

GraduationThis section gives information on how to access statistics relating to Lifelong Learning. This section contains diverse information on post-compulsory education in Scotland - mainly higher and further education, student support and Education Maintenance Allowances.


You may browse directly our Publications or Datasets lists for specific information, or use the High Level Trends to view a brief overview of some of our key statistics.


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The Statistical News Releases page includes those releases related to the Lifelong Learning topic.





An error was identified in the “Education Maintenance Allowances 2014-15” statistics publication, released on Wednesday 23 March 2016. A corrected publication was released at 9:30am on Wednesday 20 April 2016.


The college EMA datasets supplied by the Scottish Funding Council for 2013-14 and 2014-15 were incomplete and unfortunately this was not picked up by our quality assurance process.


The number of EMA recipients at college in 2014-15 was approximately 800 higher than originally reported. The number in 2013-14 was approximately 500 higher than originally reported. This affected all college EMA figures and total EMA figures for 2013-14 and 2014-15 throughout the original publication.


In an effort to minimise the likelihood of similar errors in the future we are working with the Scottish Funding Council to improve the quality assurance process for the college EMA data and the publication as a whole.


We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.

Statistics Topic

High Level Summary of Equality Statistics

Equality trends for Lifelong Learning can be accessed at Chapter 5 of the HLSES publication.

A full set of data extracts for each equality strand are available for:

Age | Disability | Ethnic Group
Gender | Religion Group

High Level Summary of Statistics Trends

Lifelong Learning statistics in more detail

Recent statistical publications on Lifelong Learning, including background information, and other selected sources.

Background data and tables are available in Excel format.

Consultation - ScotStat
Consultation and planning arrangements for Lifelong Learning statistical collections.

Related Areas and Links
Associated areas on the Scottish Government website, and other key links for further information.

Our contact information.