Life Long Learning ( QNHS Module)


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Participation in education by region, sex, age, family composition, educational level achieved, field of education and economic status; participation of those in employment by economic sector, hours worked and occupation.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


The CSO Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) special modules.


All persons aged 15 & over.



Reference period

The quarter covered by the relevant QNHS survey

Start date

2003 quarter 2


Typically from 6 to 12 months after the end of the reference period


  • Education level
    Primary or below; Lower secondary; Higher secondary; Post leaving certificate; Third level non-degree; Third level degree or above; Other.
  • Education type
    Formal; Non-formal; Lifelong learning (formal and/or non-formal); Informal.
  • Region (NUTS3)
    Border; Dublin; Mid-East; Midland; Mid-West; South-East; South-West; West
  • Age
    25-34 years; 35-44; 45-54; 55-64; 65-74; 75+ years.
  • Family unit composition
    Member of a couple, no children; Member of a couple, at least one child under 5; Member of a couple, all children aged 5 or over; Lone parent, at least one child under 5; Lone parent, all children aged 5 or over; Never married person living with one or both parents; Not in a family unit.
  • Economic status
    At work; Unemployed; Student; Home duties; Retired; Other.
  • Economic status (ILO)
    In employment (Full-time; Part-time); Unemployed; Not economically active.
  • Employment status
    Self employed (with paid employees); Self employed (with no paid employees); Employee (including schemes); Assisting relatives.
  • Economic sector
    A-B Agriculture, forestry and fishing; C-E Other production industries; F Construction; G Wholesale and retail trade; H Hotels and restaurants; I Transport, storage and communication; J-K Financial and other business services; L Public administration and defence; M Education; N Health; O Other services.
  • Occupation
    Managers and administrators; Professional; Associate professional and technical; Clerical and secretarial; Craft and related; Personal and protective service; Sales; Plant and machine operatives; Other.
  • Hours worked
    1-9 hours; 10-19; 20-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45+ hours; Variable hours
  • Hours spent at taught activity in past 12 months
    1-49 hours; 50-99; 100-199; 200-29; 300+ hours
  • Reason for taught activity
    Mainly job-related; Mainly personal/social; Not stated.
  • Field of taught activity
    General programmes; Education; Humanities and arts; Social sciences, business and law; Science, mathematics and computing; Engineering, manufacturing and construction; Agriculture and veterinary; Health and welfare; Services; Other/not applicable.
  • When taught activity took place
    Only during paid hours; Mostly during paid hours; Mostly outside paid hours; Only outside paid hours; No job at that time; Not applicable/not stated.
  • Education received (informal)
    Professional books and magazines; Online, internet-based; Educational broadcasting; Visited libraries or other centres.


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