graphic_600Scottish Funding Council Performance Indicators 2015/16

Argyll College UHI is one of thirteen academic partners of the University of the Highlands and Islands and is the main provider of further and higher education in Argyll and Bute.  The proportion of students successfully completing full time courses with us has increased by 13.7% in the past three years and now sits at almost 7% above the national average. We are also delighted that this year, 100% of our full time teaching staff hold teaching qualifications, and we believe this is contributing to the ongoing improvements in our students’ experience.


Key Points

  • 74.9% of our FE students completed their full time programme of study, and 72.3% of students achieved the programme award.
  • Our student success rate is 6.8% above the national average for the sector.
  • Part-time student achievement for those studying in excess of 320 hours, has increased by 19.6% in the past year to 80.6%: this is 6% above national average.
  • The success rates for our Hospitality, Land-based Industries and Performing Arts students are higher than the national average for these subject groupings.


Performance Indicators

The Performance Indicators (PIs) are based on student records submitted via the Further Education Statistics (FES) system, an automated data capture and record system, which encompasses built-in quality checks to ensure the data is correct and credible. The Scottish Funding Council PIs for Argyll College UHI represent only further education statistics.

Where the number of enrolments is less than 50 in a category, data has been suppressed and is not shown. SFC state that this avoids spurious statistical accuracy in the published pass rates and reduces the risk of incorrect conclusions being drawn from pass rates based on small numbers.  When viewing the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) performance indicator paper for Argyll College UHI it is helpful to consider that we are a rural college serving the fragmented and widely dispersed populations of Argyll and the Islands. Therefore, the numbers of students enrolling on courses are relatively small and a majority of the subject groupings appear blank in the SFC chart ‘Enrolments by HMIE Subject Groupings’.

In actual fact, in 15/16, students also enrolled on courses of more than 160 hours of learning in the following subject groupings:

  • Business, Management and Administration
  • Care
  • Computing and ICT
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Hairdressing, Beauty and Complimentary Therapies
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Land-based Industries
  • Languages and ESOL
  • Media
  • Nautical Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Science
  • Special Programmes
  • Sport and Leisure



Chart Information

The four chart pages at the foot of the page can be downloaded as a PDF