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Higher Education: Admissions

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng Conservative, Spelthorne

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the number of applications made by young people for higher education places in 2013-14.

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

Data published by UCAS on applications made by 30 June show a rise of 3% compared to the same point last year.

In England the application rate for 18-year-olds is the second highest ever at 35.3%.

Other data from UCAS show that the proportion of 18-year-olds from the most disadvantaged backgrounds applying to university has increased to the highest level ever recorded.

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