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Higher Education: Admissions

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) applicants and (b) successful applicants of each sex and socio-economic group there were to study (i) medicine, (ii) engineering, (iii) physics, (iv) chemistry, (v) veterinary medicine, (vi) accountancy, (vii) dentistry and (viii) economics at university in each year since 2002. (254370)

The information has been placed in both Libraries.

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. UCAS has released figures for 2008/09, but because of changes it has made to their application form, it is only possible to compare the social backgrounds of 18-year-olds and under. This is why socio-economic class data for 2008-09 are listed in a separate table.

The 2008-09 data are also not directly comparable with previous years due to the fact that they also contain applicants and accepted applications to nursing and midwifery (NMas) courses.

Some time series data may also be affected by changes in the maximum number of courses which could be applied for. In 2008/09 a maximum of five applications could be made per applicant, whereas in the years prior to this up to six applications could be made by each applicant.