Next Steps Age 20 Sweep

Sweep details

Dates May 2010 - October 2010
Age 20
Achieved sample 8,682 (cohort members)
Respondents Cohort members
Fieldwork agency BMRB and GFK-NOP
Survey mode Mixed mode involving web, telephone and face to face
Data access

Dataset available via the UK Data Service [SN 5545]. Visit the UK Data Service to access the data.


The sweep involved mixed mode approach using online, telephone, or face-to-face interview with the cohort member.

The survey content focused on educational and early labour market experiences, but also included information on other aspects of cohort members’ lives including social participation and attitudes, risky-, crime- and anti-social behaviours, health and wellbeing, family formation, and aspirations for the future.

Only those who participated at the previous sweep were included in the issued sample for the current sweep.

The Age 20 sweep was the last to be funded and managed by the Department for Education (DfE). The DfE’s remit for running Next Steps was around compulsory education and there was no intention at sweep 7 to continue research with the cohort.


  • User guides
  • Questionnaires
  • Technical reports
  • Data notes
  • Additional
User guides

Next Steps Sweeps 1-7 User Guide

This user guide contains updated information relating to survey content on deposited data for sweeps 1 to 7 (ages 14-20) and sets out the changes to the Next Steps datasets held under EUL and SA at the UKDS. This document should be used alongside the main user guide LSYPE User Guide Waves One to Seven (Chapter 5).

Date published: 18/08/2020
PDF: 412,19 KB


Next Steps User Guide to the Linked National Pupil Database (NPD) KS4 and KS5 Datasets

This user guide accompanies the datasets linking education data (Key Stage 4 and 5) to the records of Next Steps participants based in England.

Date published: 22/01/2020
PDF: 333,7 KB


Next Steps Linked Student Loans Company Administrative Datasets – User Guide

This guide describes the data linkage of student loans data from the Student Loans Company (SLC) to survey data for cohort members in Next Steps.

Date published: 18/10/2021
PDF: 267,71 KB


No material of this type is available.

Technical reports

No material of this type is available.

Data notes

No material of this type is available.


LSYPE Waves 1-7 Response Rates

Table of Survey response rates for sweeps 1-7 of LSYPE

Date published: 30/07/2014
PDF: 87,03 KB


LSYPE Wave 1-7 Questionnaire Summary

Summary of Content of Waves 1-7 of LSYPE grouped by proposed themes for Next Steps 8 Survey

Date published: 30/07/2017
PDF: 316,62 KB

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