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Higher Education: Admissions

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

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of higher education applications for entrance in 2014 among young people in England; and if he will make a statement.

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

The latest information on applicants in the 2013/14 entry cycle provided by UCAS shows that by 30 June there were 443,522 applicants from England, up 12,767 or 3% on the same point last year.

The application rate for 18-year-olds from England is, at 35.5%, the second highest on record, and only slightly below the record figure of 35.7% in 2011.

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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