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Higher Education: Student Numbers

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) applicants and (b) accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses in England there were in each year between 1979 and 1997; and how many such applicants were domiciled in (i) England, (ii) Wales, (iii) Scotland and (iv) Northern Ireland.

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

Information for the years 1994 to 1997 is given in the first and second tables. The figures cover students who apply to full-time undergraduate courses via UCAS. UCAS does not cover applications to part-time undergraduate or postgraduate courses, or students who apply directly to institutions. Prior to the formation of UCAS in 1994, figures were published separately for the two admission systems, the Universities Central Council on Admissions (UCCA) and the Polytechnic and College Admission Service (PCAS). The data for accepted applicants for these years are shown in the third and fourth tables. Comparable data for applicants are not available.

Applicants to full-time undergraduate courses in England via UCAS 1994 - 97
UK domiciled students
Year of entry England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland Grand t otal
1994 296,950 13,908 6,827 8,727 326,412
1995 287,977 12,903 7,236 8,801 316,917
1996 282,018 12,459 6,768 7,524 308,769
1997 305,374 13,432 7,680 8,205 334,691
Source:

UCAS

Accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses in England via UCAS 1994-97
UK domiciled applicants
England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland Grand total
1994 198,065 6,215 1,638 1,989 207,907
1995 208,439 6,199 1,848 2,110 218,596
1996 208,873 6,026 1,851 2,248 218,998
1997 239,550 6,869 2,610 2,506 251,535
Notes on UCAS applicant data.:

The applicant figures cover applicants submitting one or more applications to an English institution (in 1994/95 each applicant could submit up to eight applications; this was reduced to six from 1995/96, and to five from 2008/09). Students in this table applying to English institutions may also have applied to institutions in one or more of the other home countries, and some may have been accepted to institutions in those countries.

Source:

UCAS

Accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses in England via UCCA 1979 to 1993
UK domiciled students
England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland Total
1979 57,749 2,149 671 671 61,240
1980 58,998 2,184 698 722 62,602
1981(1)
1982(1)
1983 52,398 2,028 627 656 55,709
1984(1)
1985 53,369 2,043 741 683 56,836
1986(1)
1987(1)
1988 56,088 2,390 791 865 60,134
1989 60,502 2,395 777 795 64,469
1990 70,625 2,636 903 912 75,076
1991 76,679 2,678 853 816 81,026
1992 85,069 3,023 952 904 89,948
1993 93,427 3,109 909 924 98,369
(1) Published information on acceptances to English HEIs only is not available for every year.

Source:

UCCA annual published reports

Accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses in England via PCAS 1986 to 1993
UK domiciled students
England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland UK unknown Total
1986 32,454 1,454 232 529 20 34,689
1987 31,572 1,521 253 677 103 34,126
1988 35,664 1,546 267 675 26 38,178
1989 53,301 2,193 359 1,140 6 56,999
1990 69,653 2,659 440 1,278 7 74,037
1991 85,461 2,897 547 1,292 25 90,222
1992 110,434 3,303 1,148 1,372 0 116,257
1993 112,492 3,101 1,102 1,102 0 117,797
Source:

PCAS annual published reports

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