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.

Contact us

Centre for Longitudinal Studies
UCL Institute of Education

20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL