Research and analysis

Higher education outcomes for EBacc subject entry

Research into the performance of pupils in higher education in English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects at key stage 4.


Higher education outcomes for EBacc subject entry


We want schools to understand what EBacc subjects were taken by pupils attending specific higher education institutions.

This information is useful for:

  • school leaders
  • teachers
  • school careers advisers
  • pupils and parents

The research explores the higher education destinations of pupils who took different EBacc subjects. It compares pupils:

  • enrolled at Russell Group universities
  • enrolled at other higher education institutions
  • pupils with no recorded higher education outcome

The main focus is the language and humanity entry. These subjects are historically the most common missing pillars for pupils entering 4 of the 5 EBacc subject areas.

The EBacc was introduced as a measure in the 2010 school performance tables in England.

Published 24 January 2019