Age Group Business Definition
1. Age Group is a categorisation based on the age of the learner either on 31st August in the relevant academic year, or at the start of an aim.
2. The possible ranges are:
- 0 – 15
- 16 – 18
- 19 – 20
- 21 – 24
- 25 – 59
- 60 – 120
- Any other value, including missing values
3. Where this classification is used in reports or analyses, sometimes the groupings are banded for example to be simply 16 -18 and 19+ (learners below 16 would be considered as 16 -18 and those with unknown age would be 19+). This is the most typical banding as it matches that used in the 16-18 and Adult Learner Responsive funding models.
4. The Age data definition gives further information on the derivation of various age derived variables. There are mainly 4 definitions of age used in the sector while analysing ILR data and they are:
- L_AGE - Age of the learner as on 31/08 of the current acedemic year which is a primary measure for LR provision.
- A_AGE_31AugStYr - Age of the learner as on 31/08 of the year learning aim started. This variable is only used in Learner Responseive success rate calculations and does not appear on the DV list as it is not included in the standard files, or calculated by the Learner Information Suite (LIS). This variable has historically be called L_AGE for the calculation of success rates in 2007/08 although it is not the same as the derived variable L_AGE. It has been renamed to A_AGE_31AugStYr from 2008/09.
- A_AGEST - Age of Learner as at the Start Date of Aim. Primarily used for ER collections.
- A_FUNDED_AGE_BAND - Age Band Used in DLF Funding Calculations to determine what band of funding the learner falls under.