Higher Education: Admissions

Innovation, Universities and Skills written question – answered on 19th January 2009.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of people applying to university who were from an unskilled background went on to attend (a) their nearest university and (b) a university in the latest period for which information is available.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Minister of State (Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) (Higher Education & Intellectual Property)

The latest available information, showing applicants by their socio-economic background, is shown in the table.

English domiciled applicants to full-time undergraduate courses—year of entry 2007
Of which : percentage accepted for entry at :
Socio-economic classification: Applicants Nearest HE institution Elsewhere
Higher managerial and professional occupations 60,438 2.9 82.8
Lower managerial and professional occupations 85,708 4.3 78.2
Intermediate occupations 39,770 5.5 75.4
Small employers and own account workers 21,024 5.5 75.7
Lower supervisory and technical occupations 12,735 5.9 76.2
Semi routine occupations 41,763 7.3 69.7
Routine occupations 17,133 8.3 70.1
Unknown 101,506 9.4 68.6
Total 380,077 6.2 74.6
Source:

UCAS

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