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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.


If you can't find what you're looking for, use the search tools on the Search Statistics page or contact us directly for more information.


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


Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) launches consultation on measuring graduate outcomes


As part of its fundamental review of destination and outcomes data for graduates from Higher Education, HESA have launched a consultation on their website to help determine what should replace the current Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. The nine-week consultation is designed to gain feedback on high level principles regarding what information needs to be gathered about post study outcomes for those leaving higher education in future.


Further information is available in their consultation document.


HESA invite interested parties to make submissions to the consultation through the online survey facility:




Please provide one response for your organisation, consulting with all necessary colleagues.


The closing date for responses to the consultation is Thursday 14 July 2016.



Important Notice – Correction to EMA publication


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


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.