Entry rates into higher education
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1. Main facts and figures
- in 2018, White pupils had the lowest entry rate into higher education (where ‘entry rate’ is the percentage of state school pupils aged 18 years accepted into higher education) – this has been the case every year since 2006
- pupils from the Chinese ethnic group have consistently had the highest entry rate into higher education during the period studied
- entry rates in 2018 were higher for all ethnic groups compared with those in 2006
- compared with 2017, the rates for the Mixed and Other ethnic groups both fell by 0.1 percentage points in 2018
The ethnic categories used in this data
Data on ethnicity is broken down into 6 broad groups:
- White (including White ethnic minorities)
2. Entry rates into higher education by ethnicity
Summary of Entry rates into higher education Entry rates into higher education by ethnicity Summary
Higher education entry rates are estimates. They are calculated by linking UCAS admissions data with pupil data contained in the:
The method used to link the school and UCAS data requires a full match across a range of identifying details to UCAS applicants who live in England. The published entry rates are lower than the real value because ambiguous matches are not used.
The Department for Education does not have access to the individual-level UCAS data used to calculate the entry rates.
Percentages have been rounded to 1 decimal place.
4. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
Purpose of data source
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) End of Cycle Report provides data about participation and progression in higher education admissions.
5. Download the data
This file includes the following variables: measure, time, time_type, ethnicity, ethnicity_type, geography, value and value_type.