This is the independent and official site for comparing performance information about all further education colleges and other organisations that receive Government funds to offer education and training to people over the age of 16.
We help you to search for, and compare, performance information about different colleges and training organisations. This site does not include higher education offered by universities or information about school sixth forms.
We aim to give you information about things you'll find important, such as: what people studying or training with an organisation thought about their experience, how employers rated the training they received and how many people completed courses or training and as a result found benefits in their job, or moved into further learning or work. We also publish Success Rates which show how many people achieved the qualifications they started.
Further Education Public Information framework
FE Choices is only part of the information available to help you make an informed choice. The framework also includes the course directory and information provided by each learning provider.
About the information we publish
Information is provided about organisations that offer academic and vocational subjects, apprenticeships, and training on and off the job.
Information about the performance of universities can be found on the Unistats website .
Information is published annually about a number of different areas including:
- Success Rates - how many people pass the qualification they start;
- Learner Destinations - information about the percentage of learners and trainees who moved into further learning, found a job or experienced employment benefits as a result of completing their course;
- Learner Satisfaction - the views of learners who studied or trained with an organisation; and
- Employer Satisfaction - the views of employers about the service they have received and the quality of training delivered to their staff
Where we have enough reliable and robust data, we publish scores which show how well an organisation is performing. Even if we cannot calculate an overall score we publish as much information as we can to help you. For example we provide information on how individual questions have been answered to help you make more informed choices. Care should be taken when interpreting some of this information as it may be based on low numbers of responses.
Alongside scores for each organisation, we publish information showing how they compare to similar types of organisations and to all other organisations. In 2011, this information is limited to the organisation that scored the lowest, the highest, and the middle score, if all scores were lined up from lowest to highest.
Some other information is also available to help you. This includes the latest Ofsted Inspection grade, the date the organisation was inspected and a link to the Ofsted website so you can search for the report.
As our site develops, we want to make improvements so it’s useful for anyone wishing to access learning or training after 16. We’re consulting with all kinds of people to make sure we get it right. Please leave your comments on your experience by rating our site.