Less than 40 per cent of people undertaking work-based learning successfully pass their course, new figures show.
However, the success rate for 2001-2 is still up three per cent on the previous year.
The work-based courses mainly involve MAs and NVQs. The highest success rates are in visual, performing arts and media (48 per cent) and information and communication technology (46 per cent).
The latest figures from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) showed in the 2001-02 65 per cent of those in further education successfully passed their course. This is up from 59 per cent in the previous year.