The SYPS cohorts comprise young people aged 15-16 who were in their final year of compulsory schooling in all Scottish secondary schools except special schools. They were first surveyed nine months after completing their final compulsory year (the S4 year stage), at which time some had left school while others remained for post-compulsory education. Follow-up surveys followed their transitions into further education, higher education and the labour market.

There were four SYPS cohorts. The first was surveyed in 1985, with follow-up surveys in 1986 and 1987. Subsequent cohorts had just one follow-up survey after two years.

The “Scottish youth cohort trends dataset, 1984-2005” brings together a subset of comparable variables from each SYPS cohort, with the addition of subsequent data from the Scottish School Leavers Survey (SSLS).

Items in this Collection

  • Scottish Young People's Survey Cohort 1985-86, Sweep 1 (SYPS1987) 

    Centre for Educational Sociology
    This dataset refers to the 2nd SYPS cohort of young people, who completed compulsory schooling (the S4 year stage) in the 1985-86 school year. They were first surveyed (sweep 1) in spring 1987 when most were aged about ...
  • Scottish Young People's Survey Cohort 1983-84, Sweep 2 (SYPS1986) 

    Centre for Educational Sociology.
    Scottish Young People's Survey Cohort 1983-84, Sweep 2 (SYPS1986). The SYPS is a series of large-scale postal surveys that asked young people aged 16-19 from Scottish secondary schools about their experiences of school ...
  • Scottish Young People's Survey Cohort 1983-84, Sweep 3 (SYPS1987autumn) 

    Centre for Educational Sociology
    Scottish Young People's Survey Cohort 1983-84, Sweep 3 (SYPS1987autumn). The SYPS is a series of large-scale postal surveys that asked young people aged 16-19 from Scottish secondary schools about their experiences of ...
  • Scottish Young People's Survey Cohort 1983-84, Sweep 1 (SYPS1985) 

    Centre for Educational Sociology.
    The Scottish Young People Survey (SYPS) cohort series was a postal survey in which questionnaires were initially sent to young people approximately nine months after they had completed their 4th year in secondary school. ...
  • Scottish youth cohort trends dataset, 1984-2002 

    Croxford, Linda (University of Edinburgh. Centre for Educational Sociology, 2014-07-23)
    This dataset has been constructed from the Scottish Young People’s Survey (SYPS) and Scottish School Leavers Survey (SSLS) as part of research project – Education and Youth Transitions in England, Wales and Scotland 1984-2002 ...