Scottish Funding Council Performance Indicators 2016/17

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 is 4% above the Scottish national average. We are also delighted that this year, 100% of our full time teaching staff continue to hold teaching qualifications, and we believe this is contributing to the ongoing improvements in our students’ experience.

Key Points

  • 78.8% of our FE students completed their full time programme of study, and 69.7% of students achieved the programme award.
  • We have reduced the full time withdrawal rate by 4% and increased the number of students successfully completing their course year on year.
  • We have increased the successful completion rate of 16-18 year olds by 15% (this age group accounts for 63% of our total FT FE student population).
  • We have increased the percentage of part time students successfully completing by 3.4%

A detailed view of our Performance Indicators can be downloaded here KPI - FE 2016/17

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 16/17, 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