Study participation measures those aged 15 years and over attending, studying, or enrolled at school or anywhere else. The categories used currently for those who are studying are: full-time study (20 hours or more a week), and part-time study (less than 20 hours a week).
Study participation can be cross-tabulated with a wide variety of other census variables, eg income, age, and ethnic group to understand the education participation rates of different groups.
Our current recommendations relating to study participation
We recommend that information on study participation be collected in the 2018 Census.
We welcome feedback from our users on the current and anticipated uses of this data, including anticipated uses if information on travel to education is collected.
We also welcome comment on which types of information would best meet users’ needs (eg full-time versus part- time study, or formal versus informal study, or whether industry training should be included).
See our preliminary view of 2018 Census content (page 33) for a more detailed discussion on study participation information.
See 2013 Census information by variable for information on the study participation variable.