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Higher Education: York

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation, NATO Parliamentary Assembly (President)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

(1) how many young people from York Central constituency (a) applied for and (b) started a degree course in each year since 2008-09;

(2) how many young people from the City of York started a degree course in each year since 2008-09.

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

The latest information on applicants provided by UCAS is shown in Table 1. Changes in the number of applicants can be affected by changes in population numbers and for this reason UCAS' preferred method of analysing trends in applications is to look at application rates (i. e. the percentage of the relevant population who applied). The latest UCAS analysis of application rates at national level was published in January and is available from their website at:

http://www.ucas.com/news-events/news/2013/ucas-reports-35-increase-applications-higher-education

UCAS have not calculated application rates by parliamentary constituency.

Table 1: Applicants aged under 21 from York Central constituency(1) to full-time undergraduate courses
Year of entry Applicants
2008 430
2009 486
2010 502
2011 560
(1) York Central constituency was created in 2010. UCAS have derived a consistent time series by applying the postcodes for this constituency over previous years. Source: UCAS

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects and publishes data on students at UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The numbers of young (under 21) entrants to UK HEIs who were domiciled in York Central constituency, City of York constituency and York local authority prior to their course have been provided in Table 2 for the academic years 2008/09 to 2011/12.

Information for the 2012/13 academic year will become available from the Higher Education Statistics Agency in January 2014.

There are differences in the coverage of UCAS and HESA: the UCAS figures cover applicants to higher education institutions, FE colleges, and other institutions in the UK; the HESA figures cover higher education institutions only, plus the University of Buckinghamshire. Not ail applicants apply via UCAS: some apply directly to institutions. In addition, some applicants who obtain a place via UCAS opt to defer entry until the following year.

Table 2: Entrants(1) aged under 21 to UK HEIs domiciled in the City of York constituency (2008/09 and 2009/10), York Central constituency (2010/11 and 2011/12) and York local authority(2) prior to their course—Academic years 2008/09 to 2011/12
Entrants 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
City of York constituency 440 440
York Central constituency 385 460
York local authority 925 965 995 1,070
(1) Covers all students in their first year of study. (2) A student's parliamentary constituency, local authority and area are derived from their home postcode. Data for 2010/11 and 2011/12 is based on the revised boundaries in the 2010 general election. Note: Figures are based on a HESA standard registration population and have been rounded to the nearest five. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record

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