This report from UCAS looks at overall higher education entry in 2016 and explores the factors which have an impact on entry rate.

Looking at rates of entry to different higher education providers this report explores recent trend changes. It demonstrates that, whilst the difference between entry rates has fallen in the ten years between 2006 and 2016, there are still stark differences on measures of social disadvantage, particularly for institutions with the highest entry requirements, in addition to differences due to gender,  geographical region and ethnicity.


  • The difference between entry rates for the most and least disadvantaged fifth of the English population reduced from 6.0x in 2006 to 3.8x in 2016, but for the third of higher education institutions with the highest entry requirements, this difference was 11x, down from 16x in 2006.
  • For students previously attending state schools, the entry rate for those who had received free school meals (16%) was double the rate for those who did not (33%), and this difference is the largest that has ever been recorded.
  • Since 2008, the white ethnic group have had the lowest entry rate of all ethnic groups, currently at 29% in 2016, compared to 43% and 38% for Asian and black ethnic groups respectively.
  • Entry rates are higher for young women (37%) than young men (27%).
  • Entry rates have significant geographical variability, with 28% of 18-year old’s in the South West and 29% of those in the North-East entering higher education compared to 40% in London.

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