Students in further education as happy as students in higher education

01 February 2017

01 February 2017 by MHA MacIntyre Hudson

According to a large-scale study young people who study in further education (FE) are just as likely to be happy later on in life as those who go to university.

Researchers from the UCL Institute of Education and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine undertook the Next Steps study, which followed the progress of almost 10,000 young people from education to employment from Year 9 (age 13/14) to age 26. 

No significant differences

The study concluded that there was no right way to transition into adult life, and that there were multiple pathways to a successful transition. 

The research stated "there are no significant differences in levels of life satisfaction between those in higher education (HE), vocational training, and employment after some further education."

The study found that around 45% of the young people analysed continued in full-time education after the compulsory school leaving age. Meanwhile, 42% of young people made the transition into the labour market – including 6.5% who engaged in vocational training and 14.5% who entered employment after some time in FE.

Clients may wish to consider using this key information for marketing purposes to support key messages to students regarding the benefits of transitioning from FE to either employment or HE.  

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