Women are more likely to stick with their courses
Women are more likely than male students to progress to the following year, a Health Education Authority report has found.
It said that in the Institute of Technology sector, at levels six, seven and eight - which would include higher certificate, ordinary bachelor degree, and honours bachelor degree courses - mature students are more likely to progress to the following year than new entrants under the age of 23. But the opposite is true at level eight in the university and colleges sector, where traditional students are more likely to progress than mature ones.
Across all levels and sectors, Irish students had a non-progression rate of 15pc, compared to 14pc among non-Irish nationals.
In relation to socio-economic groups, the lowest level of non-progression was found among farmers at 8pc.