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Higher Education: Age Participation Rates

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the rate of participation by 18 year olds resident in each region of England in higher education has been in each year since 2003-04. (293185)

This information is currently only available for the years 2005-06 and 2006-07. Nationally, the latest figures show that some 31 per cent. of young people who were in maintained schools at age 15 in 2002/03 had progressed to HE by age 19 by 2006/07. This latest percentage is derived from the matched Higher Education Statistics—National Pupil Database—Individual Learning Record dataset and reflects those persons who progress to HE in 2005/06 at age 18 or in 2006/07 at age 19.

The figures for each Government office region (GOR) are shown in the table. Children aged 15 were allocated to each GOR based on the location of the school they attended.

Percentage of 15-year-old students in maintained schools in England who progressed to higher education by age 19—split by Government office region

2005-061

2006-072

London

35

36

West Midlands

29

30

North West

29

30

Yorkshire and the Humber

27

27

North East

27

27

South West

29

29

East of England

30

30

South East

32

32

East Midlands

30

30

England

30

31

1 Percentage of children aged 15 attending maintained schools in 2001-02 who progressed to higher education by 2005-06 by age 19

2 Percentage of children aged 15 attending maintained schools in 2002-03 who progressed to higher education by 2006-07 by age 19

Source:

Matched Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), National Pupil Database (NPD) and Individual Learner Record (ILR)

Table 1: Full-Time Undergraduate entrants from West Suffolk Parliamentary Constituency1UK Higher Education Institutions2: Academic years 2003-04 to 2007-08

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Socio economic classification

Under 21

21 and over

Under 21

21 and over

Under 21

21 and over

Under 21

21 and over

Under 21

21 and over

Higher managerial and professional occupations

55

5

50

5

50

0

55

5

55

0

Lower managerial and professional occupations

55

5

80

5

70

5

85

0

100

15

Intermediate occupations

30

5

25

5

35

5

30

5

45

10

Small employers and own account workers

10

0

20

0

30

0

20

0

20

0

Lower supervisory and technical occupations

10

0

15

0

15

0

20

0

20

0

Semi-routine occupations

20

5

30

5

30

10

30

5

35

5

Routine occupations

5

0

15

5

15

0

15

0

20

10

Missing3

60

40

50

55

65

55

70

35

85

30

1 The table does not include entrants whose constituency cannot be established due to missing or invalid home postcodes.

2 Excludes the Open University due to inconsistencies in their coding of entrants across the time series.

3 Includes those classified as "Never worked and long-term unemployed", "Not classified" and "Missing".

Notes:

Figures are based on a HESA standard registration population and have been rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).