Classification: QUAL81
Short name: QUAL81
Full name: Qualification 1981
General description: Classification of qualification in the census is according to the type and level of qualification obtained (degree, diploma, doctorate etc.) Coding of qualifications from census data also contains information on the subject of study.
The classification of qualification in 1981 is concerned with GCE ‘A level’ or equivalent and higher qualifications obtained after the age of 18. A ‘qualified person’ for census purposes, is one who holds a qualification above GCE ‘A’ level standard.
Qualifications are grouped into three levels according to the academic standard of the qualification. In 1981, this division according to level of qualification is also referred to as the educational attainment.
LS description: LS variables for 1981 and 1991 use the same form of the classification; they have the same codes.
There are separate LS variables for qualification and qualification level, though the qualification level can be derived from the qualification information.
Keyword: Education
Start date: Census 1981
Equivalent classifications: PQUAL01 (Census 2001)
QUAL71 (Census 1971)
QUAL91 (Census 1991)