UCAS data reveals the numbers of men and women placed in over 150 Higher Education subjects

Press Release 05 January 2016

UCAS today completes the annual publication of its scheme-level data on admissions to full-time undergraduate higher education in the UK in 2015.

These data follow our analysis of trends and equality of access to higher education published in the End of Cycle Report on 17 December 2015.

The data resources enable anyone with an interest in those applying and being accepted to higher education to do their own research. They and are published in downloadable .pdf and .csv format.

For effective comparison, where possible, the data sets range from 2015 to 2006, but in some cases the time-series is shorter.

In total over 1.5 million data points are freely available to download today, a slight increase on the number published in 2014.

Among the data are the numbers of men and women accepted to over 150 higher education subjects, showing there are more women than men in two thirds of courses. UCAS showed last month that UK women are 35% more likely to go university than men – the sex-gap widening to a record level.

The data on acceptances to each detailed subject group, as well as subject-by-sex are attached as an example.

Today, we also publish information on how the attainment level and types of qualifications held by applicants choosing and progressing to university have changed over the years (A level, BTEC, SQA).

The data focusing on applicants and acceptances (individuals, in both cases) to UK Higher Education include:

· Age

· Sex

· Ethnic Group

· UK country and English region

· Students applying to UK HE through UCAS from around 100 countries of the world

· Students with a declared disability

· School type (Academy, Further Education, Grammar, Independent, State)

· Acceptance Route (Firm Choice, Insurance Choice, Clearing, Extra, Adjustment)

· Background (POLAR3 – An area-based measure of advantage/disadvantage) by UK country and by sex

· Qualifications held (A Level, BTEC, SQA)

· A Level points by background, sex, ethnic group and UK country.

The data on subjects is slightly different and includes applications (choices – one person can make up to five choices) and acceptances (individuals):

· Country of university or college accepted/applied to (by age, sex, UK country, EU/non-EU region of domicile)

· Detailed subject group accepted/applied to (by age, sex, UK country, EU/non-EU region of domicile).

· Deferred entry

Acceptances and applications for specific universities and colleges will be published on 21 January this year. These will also be split by age, sex, ethnic group, subject group, qualification type, and region.

If you have any further questions please email communications@ucas.ac.uk or call 01242 545469.

Notes to editors:


For people living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland UCAS covers the overwhelming majority of full-time undergraduate provision so the statistics on acceptances or entry rates can be taken as being very close to all recruitment to full-time undergraduate higher education. In Scotland there is a substantial section of provision that is not included in UCAS’ figures.

This is mostly full-time higher education provided in further education colleges which represents around one third of young full-time undergraduate study in Scotland, and this proportion varies by geography and background within Scotland. Accordingly, figures on entry rates or total recruitment in Scotland reflect only that part of full-time undergraduate study that uses UCAS.

There were also changes to the scope of the data recorded in UCAS scheme in 2015 for Scotland (including teacher training courses in Scotland moving from the dedicated UCAS Teacher Training Scheme into the main UCAS scheme) that are estimated to account for around 3,800 of the increase in total UK acceptances. This gives a like-for-like increase in placed applicants of 16,100 (3.1 per cent).

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