Scottish Funding Council Performance Indicators 2017/18

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.  

Of the 26 colleges in Scotland, Argyll College has the second highest success percentage for students studying full time FE, which is also 10% above the average for all colleges in Scotland.

Key Points

  • 82% of our FE students completed their full time programme of study with 76% of students achieving their programme award.
  • The withdrawal of full time FE students has reduced year on year for the last 6 academic years with a further 3.2% reduction in students leaving full time courses during 2017/18.
  • 100% of students who were care experienced successfully completed their course at Argyll College UHI
  • Students studying for more than 160 hours in the following subject areas had a higher successful outcome in Argyll College compared to the average success rate for these areas across all colleges in Scotland:  Care, Childcare, Engineering, Art and Design, Hairdressing and Beauty, Computing and ICT, Hospitality and Catering.

A detailed view of our Performance Indicators can be viewed here Argyll College KPIs 17-18 

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 17/18, students also enrolled on courses of more than 160 hours of learning in the following subject groupings:

•    Art and Design
•    Business, Management and Administration
•    Care, Childcare and Health & Social 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
•    Social subjects
•    Special Programmes
•    Sport and Leisure


FE Outcomes chart


FE outcome totals


FE outcome breakdown chart


Partial success pie chart


enrolments by age chart


enrolments by subject group chart


enrolments by level and gender chart


enrolment by key group chart


credit targets chart


teaching staff chart