Young Londoners lead the way to higher education


In this third wave of data released by UCAS on the overview of demand for, and acceptances to, the UK higher education for the previous year, they focus on who is progressing into higher education – and from where.

In England, Londoners came out on top. 41.8 per cent of 18-year olds from London entered higher education in 2017. This is an increase of 4.7 per cent from 2016 and 8.7% higher than the average across England, increasing the gap between London and the rest of the country. The lowest entry rate for England was in the South West, with only 28.9 per cent of its 18-year olds entering higher education in 2017.

There was more positive news for Scottish universities, as it was reported that there was an increase of 3.0% of Scottish students going to Scottish universities.  At 34,830, this is the highest figure on record. The number of English students accepted at Scottish universities was also up at 4,945 (another all-time high), which is an increase of 2.8 per cent. There was also 4.3% increase in international (excluding EU) students entering Scottish higher education.

However, there was a 10 per cent drop in students from the EU with 30,700 applicants from EU countries accepting places in UK higher education in 2017. That marked a 24% increase on 2016 for Portugal (230 acceptances); a 12% increase for Lithuania; 6% increase for Poland and 5% increase for Spain. Slovakia and Slovenia possessed the largest proportional falls this year, down by 20 per cent or more compared to last year.

Clare Marchant, Chief Executive of UCAS, said: "A common theme to emerge from our analysis of data from the 2017 cycle is that the entry rate of 18-year olds to higher education has increased across all parts of the UK. This trend is most pronounced in London. There have been significant and much documented improvements to secondary education in the capital. Understanding how to replicate this high level of attainment could help drive increases in entry rates elsewhere."

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

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Young Londoners lead the way to higher education