People starting at higher education providers with high, medium and low entry tariffs
Last updated 6 January 2021 - see all updates
- 1. Navigate to Main facts and figures section
- 2. Navigate toEntrants to low, medium and high tariff institutions, by ethnicity section
- 3. Navigate toEthnic groups of entrants, by tariff level of provider section
- 4. Navigate to Methodology section
- 5. Navigate to Data sources section
- 6. Navigate to Download the data section
1. Main facts and figures
- 765,290 people started an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at a UK higher education provider in the 2018 to 2019 academic year where ethnicity was known (plus another 14,815 whose ethnicity wasn’t known)
- 75.4% were White, 11.1% were Asian, 7.7% were Black, 4.0% were from a Mixed ethnic background, and 1.8% were from the Other ethnic group
- 4.0% of students at high tariff providers were Black and 79.8% were White
- 12.4% of students at low tariff providers were Black and 70.8% were White
- 36.3% of all White students went to high tariff providers – the highest percentage of all ethnic groups
- 17.6% of Black students went to high tariff providers, the lowest percentage out of all ethnic groups
The ethnic categories used in this data
Data is shown for 5 aggregated ethnic groups:
This means figures are shown for these groups as a whole.
Students record their own ethnicity, either when they apply for a degree course or when they register with a higher education institution. The percentages are based only on students whose ethnicity was known. You can see data for students whose ethnicity was not known in the tables.
2. Entrants to low, medium and high tariff institutions, by ethnicity
|Ethnicity||High %||High Number of entrants||Medium %||Medium Number of entrants||Low %||Low Number of entrants||Other %||Other Number of entrants||All Tariffs %||All Tariffs Number of entrants|
Summary of People starting at higher education providers with high, medium and low entry tariffs Entrants to low, medium and high tariff institutions, by ethnicity Summary
3. Ethnic groups of entrants, by tariff level of provider
|Ethnicity||High %||High Number of entrants||Medium %||Medium Number of entrants||Low %||Low Number of entrants||Other %||Other Number of entrants|
Summary of People starting at higher education providers with high, medium and low entry tariffs Ethnic groups of entrants, by tariff level of provider Summary
Higher education providers were grouped according to their range of courses and the average tariff scores of their undergraduate students. A provider’s entry tariff is the average UCAS points score entrants achieved from A levels or equivalent.
‘Specialist’ higher education providers were defined as those that offer 60% or more of their courses in one or two subjects (based on full-time equivalence and academic cost centres).
The tariff score data was based on the average tariff scores of undergraduate entrants aged 20 and under in the Higher Education Statistics Agency’s (HESA) student record.
Students record their own ethnicity. In the case of full-time undergraduates, the information is captured as part of the admissions process through UCAS. For other student groups the information is taken directly by the higher education provider.
Student numbers are rounded to the nearest 5 students. Percentages are calculated using unrounded numbers, and are rounded to 1 decimal place.
Further technical information
5. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Higher Education Statistics Agency
Purpose of data source
Student information collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency is used extensively by various stakeholders for higher education:
- performance indicators
- publications (including UNISTATS)
- league tables
The student record collects individual data about students including:
- the student’s entry profile and personal characteristics
- module and course-level data
- funding information
- qualifications awarded
6. Download the data
Measure, Ethnicity, Academic Year, Tariff Marker, Number, Value, Value_Note