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Office for Students transparency information

Recruitment and achievement

Widening access to and participation in Higher Education is an important priority for the sector. To support this priority, The Office for Students requires institutions to be more transparent with data on admission and achievement; to highlight areas of low participation and achievement as well as areas of success. The following information is available on this page:

  • The number of applications for admission on to recognised, undergraduate higher education courses that we have received from UK domiciled applicants. 
  • The number of offers we have made in relation to those applications. 
  • The number of those offers accepted and the number of those who have registered with us. 
  • The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us. 

It also shows these numbers by reference to: 

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate 
  • Their ethnicity 
  • Their socio-economic background. 

It is important to note that the data presented has not been contextualised. This means, for example, that you will not be able to see from this data how many of those applying to courses met the entry criteria. It is also the case that universities and colleges will often receive many more applications than they have spaces on courses and so offer rates will necessarily be lower than application rates in those circumstances. 

Download the Transparency Return 2019 - Excel doc (64Kb) / PDF (217Kb)

You can also view summary information below.

Applications, offers, acceptances and registrations: 2018-19 entrants

Summary of applications, offers, acceptances and registrations for 2018-19 entrants

Mode of study Characteristic Characteristic split Number of applications Percentage of applications that received an offer Percentage of applications that  accepted an offer  Percentage of applications that led to a registration
Full Time Ethnicity White 24750 77.1% 24.0% 22.9%
  BAME 6190 68.6% 23.4% 22.4%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 11870 69.0% 24.7% 23.6%
  3 to 5 18700 79.7% 23.7% 22.7%
Gender Male 13350 81.4% 23.9% 22.9%
  Female 17770 70.9% 23.8% 22.8%
  Other N N N N
Part Time Ethnicity White 410 93% 88% 87%
  BAME N N N N
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 120 89% 85% 84%
  3 to 5 320 93% 88% 87%
Gender Male 330 94% 90% 88%
  Female 120 87% 81% 81%
  Other N N N N
Apprenticeships Ethnicity White 290 90% 85% 85%
  BAME 40 85% 85% 85%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 120 90% 85% 85%
  3 to 5 220 91% 87% 86%
Gender Female 120 83% 81% 81%
  Male 220 94% 88% 88%
  Other N N N N

Attainment: 2017-18 qualifiers

Percentage of first degrees at 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2017-18 qualifiers

Characteristic Characteristic split Percentage
Ethnicity BAME 60%
White 80%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 68.9%
3 to 5 80.4%
Gender Female 78.9%
Male 73.7%
Other N


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