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Higher education provision in England (not accounting for population)

This map shows where in England higher education (HE) students were studying in 2012-13. It marks the areas with the highest concentrations of provision in red to those with the lowest in blue. 

Explanatory notes  

  • The map is based on the number of undergraduate HE entrants at English higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges (FECs) in the 2012-13 academic year.
  • An area will appear ‘warmer’ on the map if it is within one hour’s drive of an HE provider. 
  • Note that the map shows the location of HE provision; it does not reflect the entry requirements to study.

Higher education provision in England (accounting for population)

This map shows where HE students were studying across England in 2012-13 in relation to the population of young people in the area who could enter HE. If an area has a concentration of provision that could reasonably meet its young population, then it will appear in red. If the young population in an area has little access to HE, then the area will appear in blue.

Explanatory notes

  • This map is based on the number of undergraduate HE entrants at English HEIs and FECs in the 2012-13 academic year. 
  • An area will appear ‘warmer’ on the map if it is within one hour’s drive of an HE provider. 
  • The young population of 10-14 year olds in each area is incorporated as an indication of the potential demand for HE.
  • This map shows the location of HE provision; it does not reflect the entry requirements to study.

Technical notes

  • The entrant data are based on Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data for the 2012-13 academic year. The data cover full- and part-time entrants to undergraduate courses. 
  • The data do not include students studying with the Open University and other distance learners.
  • ‘Alternative providers’ are included where they receive franchised provision from an HEI, or where they have returned students to the HESA record.
  • The drive times are calculated by Mercator GeoSystems Ltd.
  • The young population numbers are based on the number of 10-14 year olds, based on 2011 Census data.
  • The geography level used for this map is 2001 census ward level, where each ward has an approximately equal overall population, although these might differ in terms of spatial area size.