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Learner satisfaction survey – sample size calculator

Helps providers calculate the minimum number of responses to the survey that is needed to guarantee a valid score.


Learner satisfaction survey: sample size calculator

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Learner satisfaction survey 2018 to 2019: minimum sample size calculator



The learner satisfaction survey is an opportunity for existing learners to rate their learning or training. This helps future learners make informed choices about where to study or train.

The learner satisfaction survey for 2018 to 2019 runs from 26 November 2018 to 3 May 2018. We strongly recommend that all your learners are given the opportunity to take part.

To obtain a score the number of your learners responding must represent a sufficiently large sample of all the in-scope learners in your organisation during the survey period. The minimum number that will be needed to guarantee a valid score is based on the sample size required to give 95% confidence that the score is accurate to +/-3%. The calculator will help you to estimate this figure. You are encouraged to aim for a sample well above this minimum figure in case of invalid or duplicate responses.

Related information:

Learner satisfaction survey 2018 to 2019

Published 26 February 2014
Last updated 19 November 2018 + show all updates

  1. We’ve updated this guidance for 2018 to 2019.
  2. Updated information for the learner satisfaction survey for 2017 to 2018.
  3. Updated information about the learner satisfaction survey 2016 to 2017.
  4. Updated FE Choices learner satisfaction survey information.
  5. Updated learner satisfaction survey guidance for 2014 to 2015.
  6. First published.

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