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Higher Education: Disadvantaged

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many university entrance applications were received from applicants in the lowest three socio-economic groupings in the academic years (a) 2007-08, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2004-05 and (e) 2003-04; (254188)

(2) how many applicants from the lowest three socio-economic groupings were awarded places at university in the academic years (a) 2007-08, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2004-05 and (e) 2003-04.

The information is shown in the following tables:

English domiciled applicants to full-time undergraduate courses via UCAS by socio-economic groups 5-7 2003/04 to 2007/08

SEG 5-7

2003/04

65,332

2004/05

65,793

2005/06

71,266

2006/07

65,579

2007/08

71,631

Source:

UCAS

English domiciled applicants who were accepted for entry to full-time undergraduate courses via UCAS by socio-economic groups 5-7 2003/04 to 2007/08

SEG 5-7

2003/04

52,370

2004/05

52,340

2005/06

56,602

2006/07

51,916

2007/08

56,029

Note:

The categories of socio-economic groups 5-7 are:; 5 Lower supervisory and technical occupations; 6 Semi-routine occupations; 7 Routine occupations.

Source:

UCAS

For the academic years recorded in the tables, for those aged up to 20, UCAS recorded socio-economic class based on the applicant’s parent’s occupation; for those aged 21 and over, the applicant’s socio-economic class was based on their own occupation.