Official Statistics

Widening participation in higher education: 2016

Annual statistics on young people's participation in higher education, including their social background and occupation after graduating.


Main text: SFR37/2016

Technical note: SFR37/2016

Main tables: SFR37/2016

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Statistics providing information on 3 measures of increasing participation in higher education:

  • estimated percentages of 15-year-olds, eligible for free school meals (FSM), who progressed to higher education (HE) by age 19 in the 2013 to 2014 academic year, presented at:
    • national level
    • local authority level
  • estimated percentages of A level and equivalent students, by school or college type who progressed to:
    • HE by age 19 in the 2013 to 2014 academic year
    • the most selective higher education institutions by age 19
  • estimated proportions of young people graduating in the 2014 to 2015 academic year:
    • from less advantaged backgrounds on entry to HE
    • in advantaged occupation groups 6 months after graduating

These statistics use the Standard Occupation classification (SOC) at both points.

Widening participation statistics

Published 3 August 2016