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Higher Education: Admissions

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many university (a) applicants and (b) successful applicants there were to study (i) medicine, (ii) engineering, (iii) physics, (iv) chemistry, (v) veterinary medicine, (vi) accountancy, (vii) law, (viii) dentistry and (ix) economics courses, broken down by (A) sex and (B) socio-economic class in each year since 1992. (226585)

The available information covers the years between 2002 and 2007 and is contained in tables, copies of which have been placed in Libraries. The National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification (NS-SEC) was introduced in 2002 and replaced social class. The two classifications are not directly comparable, therefore figures for years earlier than 2002 have not been provided. Comparable data for 2008 will not be available until January 2009.