Colleges exceed Government student number targets

Minister welcomes figures which shows more learning opportunities for all.

Colleges exceeded Government targets for the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) places by almost 2,000 students in the last academic year, 2018/19.

Scottish Funding Council (SFC) statistics show the government’s target of 116,000 FTE college places has now been exceeded every year since 2011.

Further and Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead said:

“This data shows colleges are once again exceeding our target on full-time equivalent places. With record levels of learning hours being delivered to students with a disability, experience of care or from minority ethnic backgrounds, our colleges are offering everyone the opportunity to gain the skills they need for success.

“In order to better prepare our students for their future, we want to see attainment figures improve. That is why we recently introduced a nationwide College Quality Improvement Hub to focus on improving college learner outcomes.”


The College Quality Improvement Hub is a College Development Network initiative.

Read the full Scottish Funding Council statistics.


Media enquiries

Back to top