Official Statistics

Widening participation in higher education: 2019

Annual statistics on young peoples' participation in higher education, including their background characteristics.



Statistics providing information on measures of widening participation in higher education.

These include estimates of progression to higher education (HE) by age 19 for state-funded pupils by personal characteristics, including eligibility for free school meals (FSM), gender, ethnicity, special educational need (SEN) status and first language.

Figures are also provided showing estimated percentages of A level and equivalent students, by school or college type, who progressed to HE by age 19 with breakdowns for high tariff higher education providers.

Further breakdowns include progression by POLAR disadvantage and Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework rating.

Widening participation statistics


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Published 17 December 2019