Official Statistics

Widening participation in higher education 2014

Annual statistics on widening participation in higher education.



This official statistics release provides the latest information on 3 measures of widening participation in higher education:

  • The estimated percentages of 15 year olds, by free school meals (FSM) status, who progressed to higher education (HE) by age 19 in 2011 to 2012. The information is presented at national and local authority level.

  • The estimated percentages of A level students, by school/college type, who progressed to higher education and to the most selective higher education institutions (HEIs) by age 19 in 2011 to 2012.

  • Estimated proportions of young 2012 to 2013 graduates in different occupation classifications by social background on entry to higher education. This uses Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) at both points, split into 2 groups.