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UK domiciled accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses by the national statistics—socio-economic classification for years of entry 2002—2005 UK higher education institutions
Year of entry
Socio-economic classification 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

1.

Higher managerial and professional occupations

61,419

59,472

59,679

59,670

57,010

2.

Lower managerial and professional occupations

83,476

83,113

84,628

87,107

79,777

3.

Intermediate occupations

42,112

40,576

40,790

42,222

37,190

4.

Small employers and own account workers

20,056

19,992

19,881

20,668

19,771

5.

Lower supervisory and technical occupations

12,830

13,457

13,114

13,454

12,258

6.

Semi-routine occupations

34,647

35,254

35,516

38,866

34,949

7.

Routine occupations

15,855

15,183

15,199

16,062

15,267

Total known

270,395

267,047

268,807

278,049

256,222

8.

Unknown

61,330

66,895

65,488

82,195

89,342

Total

331,725

333,942

334,295

360,244

345,564

Proportion of students( 1) from:

SEC 1—3 (percentage)

69.2

68.6

68.9

68.0

67.9

SEC 4—7 (percentage)

30.8

31.4

31.1

32.0

32.1

(1) Based on those students with a known socio-economic classification.
Source:
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

The only available information on the social background of part-time students shows the percentage of young and mature entrants who come from low participation neighbourhoods, and the latest figures (plus the comparable figures for full-time students) are shown in the following tables. Low participation neighbourhoods are those areas for which the participation rate is less than two-thirds of the UK average rate. Information for 2005/06 will be available in July 2007.

Percentage of young entrants to undergraduate courses in HEIs in the UK from low participation neighbourhoods—academic years 1997/98 to 2004/05
Mode of Study 1997/98 1998/99 1999/2000 2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05

Full-time

12.6

12.9

13.0

13.1

13.7

13.9

14.6

14.4

Part-time(1)

16.4

16.4

16.3

16.4

19.8

20.5

18.5

19.2

(1) Who also had no previous higher education qualification. Source: “Performance Indicators in Higher Education” published by HESA.

Percentage of mature entrants to full-time undergraduate courses in HEIs in the UK (who also had no previous higher education qualification) from low participation neighbourhoods—academic years 1997/98 to 2004/05
Mode of Study 1997/98 1998/99 1999/2000 2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05

Full-time

14.9

14.2

14.8

15.3

15.7

15.4

16.0

16.2

Part-time

7.2

7.2

7.5

7.4

7.7

7.6

8.0

8.3

Source: “Performance Indicators in Higher Education” published by HESA.

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From 2007/08, the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) will collect data on the parental education of both full-time and part-time entrants to undergraduate courses. These data should provide useful information on the social background of these students.

Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time students entered higher education in each academic year between 1996-97 and 2006-07, broken down by socio economic group; and what the drop-out rates were for each of those groups in each year. [121613]

Bill Rammell: The information requested is as follows:

(a) The latest available information for full-time students is given in the table. The figures are taken from
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data collected by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) which are limited to students who apply to full-time undergraduate courses via the UCAS application system. The figures do not therefore cover part-time students or those full-time students who apply directly to higher education institutions.

The socio-economic classification was introduced in 2002-03 to replace the social class categories, and so the two sets of data in these tables are not directly comparable.

The latest figures for acceptances to full-time undergraduate courses from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show that the percentage of acceptances from lower socio-economic groups has not fallen between 2004-05 and 2006-07. This is particularly encouraging in the light of the falling proportion of the wider population that are classified in the lower socio-economic groups.

UK domiciled accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses (UK higher education institutions) by social class for years of entry 1997 to 2001
Year of entry
Social class 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001

1

Professional

39,644

38,510

38,864

38,841

39,748

II

Intermediate

117,360

115,615

115,667

117,675

120,831

IIIN

Skilled-Non Manual

37,333

35,610

36,286

37,778

38,774

HIM

Skilled-Manual

44,804

44,207

44,474

44,415

48,412

IV

Partly Skilled

23,507

22,692

23,097

24,152

23,114

V

Unskilled

5,620

5,329

5,538

5,535

5,604

Total Known

268,268

261,963

263,926

268,396

276,483

X

Unknown

35,050

36,257

39,139

40,322

48,989

Total

303,318

298,220

303,065

308,718

325,472

Percentage of students( 1) from:

Classes I - IIIN

72.4

72.4

72.3

72.4

72.1

Classes HIM -V

27.6

27.6

27.7

27.6

27.9

(1) Based on those students with a known socio-economic classification.
Source:
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

UK domiciled accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses (UK higher education Institutions) by the national statistics—socio-economic classification for years of entry 2000-06
Year of entry
Socio-Economic classification 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

1.

Higher Managerial and Professional Occupations

61,419

59,472

59,679

59,670

57,010

2.

Lower Managerial and Professional Occupations

83,476

83,113

84,628

87,107

79,777

3.

Intermediate Occupations

42,112

40,576

40,790

42,222

37,190

4.

Small Employers and Own Account Workers

20,056

19,992

19,881

20,668

19,771

5.

Lower Supervisory and Technical Occupations

12,830

13,457

13,114

13,454

12,258

6.

Semi-routine Occupations

34,647

35,254

35,516

38,866

34,949

7.

Routine Occupations

15,855

15,183

15,199

16,062

15,267

Total Known

270,395

267,047

268,807

278,049

256,222

8.

Unknown

61,330

66,895

65,488

82,195

89,342

Total

331,725

333,942

334,295

360,244

345,564

Percentage of Students( 1) from:

SEC 1 - 3

69.2

68.6

68.9

68.0

67.9

SEC 4 - 7

30.8

31.4

31.1

32.0

32.1

(1) Based on those students with a known socio-economic classification. Source: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

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