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Higher Education: Admissions

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of pupils in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d) England and Wales went on to higher education in each of the last five years.

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

The estimated proportions of maintained schools pupils who progressed to higher education by age 19 are shown in the following table.

Estimated proportions of maintained schools pupils who progressed to higher education by age 19 in the academic year given UK higher education institutions and English further education institutions
  2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10
Nottinghamshire n/a 28 27 29 29
East Midlands n/a 30 30 31 32
England 30 31 31 33 34
n/a = Not available Source: Matched data from the DFE National Pupil Database, the HESA Student Record and the SFA ILR

Figures below national level are not available before 2006/07. BIS does not hold comparable data for Wales. Robust figures by parliamentary constituency are not available from this source.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) recently produced analysis of young participation rates in higher education for small areas over a five-year span. HEFCE estimates the average progression rate by age 19 for Ashfield parliamentary constituency to be 21% from 2005/06 to 2009/10. HEFCE figures are not comparable with those produced by BIS above as they use different methodology. HEFCE figures use population estimates while the BIS figures use matched data covering maintained schools pupils.

Information on progression of pupils to higher education is available from the BIS Widening Participation statistical release of August 2012.

The HEFCE report on young participation is available from the following link:

Detailed information is available at the following link:

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