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Higher Education: Admissions

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 26th January 2011.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd Conservative, Hastings and Rye

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful applicants to university from (i) Hastings and Rye constituency, (ii) Hastings borough council area, (iii) East Sussex, (iv) the south east and (v) England were from each socio-economic background in each of the last five years.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

Data by socio-economic background are not available for each of the years requested. Therefore, applicants are split by participation of local areas (POLAR) quintiles.

Applicants who were not accepted for entry can include:

individuals who did not receive any offer; individuals who received an offer (conditional or unconditional) but decided not to go to university; individuals who received a conditional offer and failed to meet the specific conditions (e.g. they did not achieve certain grades); and individuals who decided to withdraw from the UCAS system.

Accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses in UK institutions via UCAS by area background( 1) , 2006/07 to 2010/11
Geographical area Area background POLAR2 quintile 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Hastings and Rye constituency Disadvantaged - 181 209 219 249 234
Other - 283 291 311 353 388
Total 464 500 530 602 622
Hastings borough council Disadvantaged - 159 177 188 215 202
Other - 218 224 252 282 315
Total 377 401 440 497 517
East Sussex Disadvantaged 1 276 278 336 376 363
2 511 545 617 658 654
Other 3 650 712 817 842 839
4 924 1,001 1,138 1,100 1,110
5 309 285 363 328 358
Unknown 18 22 14 16 36
Total 2,688 2,843 3,285 3,320 3,360
South East Disadvantaged 1 2,896 3,222 3,539 3,868 4,006
2 5,399 5,623 6,442 6,705 7,069
Other 3 9,228 9,988 11,159 11,813 11,829
4 13,116 14,030 15,228 15,765 16,271
5 14,776 15,656 16,902 17,582 18,310
Unknown 543 427 1,136 513 602
Total 45,958 48,946 54,406 56,246 58,087
England Disadvantaged 1 37,187 40,369 47,260 51,245 51,208
2 47,944 50,860 57,772 61,751 61,550
Other 3 56,708 60,511 67,378 71,903 71,700
4 69,329 73,595 79,765 84,091 83,995
5 73,445 77,537 83,769 86,553 87,343
Unknown 4,616 4,087 7,664 4,693 4,412
Total 289,229 306,959 343,608 360,236 360,208
Unplaced applicants to full-time undergraduate courses in UK institutions via UCAS by area background( 1) 2006/07 to 2010/11
Geographical area Area background POLAR2 quintile 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Hastings and Rye constituency Disadvantaged - 47 52 66 73 121
Other - 73 80 90 143 175
Total 120 130 156 216 296
Hastings borough council Disadvantaged - 36 46 60 60 103
Other - 59 68 73 126 148
Total 95 114 133 186 251
East Sussex Disadvantaged 1 81 109 108 141 190
2 141 154 194 236 307
Other 3 188 199 199 300 346
4 241 245 279 328 398
5 75 79 65 100 113
Unknown 14 11 13 31 23
Total 740 797 858 1,136 1,377
South East Disadvantaged 1 888 928 1,116 1,350 1,828
2 1,410 1,549 1,789 2,201 2,946
Other 3 2,360 2,492 2,649 3,428 4,336
4 2,906 3,173 3,311 4,175 5,364
5 3,158 3,370 3,626 4,385 5,429
Unknown 113 109 328 179 265
Total 10,835 11,621 12,819 15,718 20,168
England Disadvantaged 1 9,791 10,738 12,429 15,986 22,999
2 11,919 12,655 14,460 17,947 25,182
Other 3 13,288 14,054 15,200 19,443 26,059
4 15,299 16,152 17,250 21,733 28,774
5 17,619 18,549 19,749 24,683 30,805
Unknown 922 970 1,900 1,393 1,857
Total 68,838 73,118 80,988 101,185 135,676
(1) For the purposes of their funding allocations, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) treat entrants from the most disadvantaged 40% of neighbourhoods as 'disadvantaged'

http://www.hefce.ac.uk/widen/fund/

HEFCE uses two different groupings of areas to define disadvantage which are based on the historic levels of participation or qualification in higher education by the local population: one based on the participation rates of young (19 and under) people in HE (which is used by HEFCE when looking at young full-time entrants); and one based on the proportion of adults in the area who hold HE qualifications (which is used by HEFCE when looking at part-time and mature full-time entrants). Because these tables include applicants and accepted applicants of all ages disadvantage is defined by the HE qualified adults measure.

Note:

Numbers for successful and unsuccessful applicants are too small to be split into five quintiles for constituency and local authority level. Therefore the data are split into those from areas classified as 'disadvantaged' or 'other.'

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