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University Admissions

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of A-level students from the London borough of Havering secured a place at university in 2004-05. (75453)

The information requested is not held centrally.

In 2004 there were 1,419 16 to 18-year-old A-level candidates in maintained schools and colleges in Havering local authority.

The latest available figures on participation in higher education by local authority were published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in January 2005. The report, “Young Participation in England”, shows participation rates for young people who enter higher education aged 18 or 19, disaggregated by local authority, for the years 1997 to 2000.

The figures for Havering local authority, and the comparable figures for England, are shown in the table. HEFCE have not produced figures beyond 2000.

Young participation rate (YPR (A)) in higher education in the UK

1997

1998

1999

2000

Year cohort aged 18 in Havering (Number)

2,850

2,970

2,890

2,750

Participation rate for Havering1 (Percentage)

22

20

21

23

Participation rate for England (Percentage)

29.2

28.8

29.2

29.9

1 Participation rates for local authorities are reported to the nearest whole number. Source: Higher Education Funding Council for England.

The report is available from the HEFCE website at: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2005/05_03/

The total number of entrants from Havering for each year since 2001/02 are given in the table.

Entrants to undergraduate courses at UK HE institutions, from the London borough of Havering

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

Aged 18-19

675

690

760

800

All other ages

1,055

1,240

1,270

1,625

Total entrants

1,730

1,930

2,035

2,420

Note: Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 December and are rounded to the nearest 5. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

The Department uses the Higher Education Initial Participation Rate (HEIPR) to assess progress on increasing first-time participation of English students aged 18-30 in higher education towards 50 per cent.: the latest provisional figure for 2004/05 is 42 per cent. The HEIPR is not calculated at local authority level.