This page contains all the available resources for our third update to the classification of small areas across the UK, known as ‘POLAR3’.
POLAR3 classification files
The data are presented in comma-separated variable format. The files contain header records describing the specification of the data they contain.
(Note for those running Windows-based operating systems: the postcode to POLAR3 and HE-qualified adult classification file will not open fully in Microsoft Excel. Either a specialist database or statistical software package is required (such as Microsoft Access, SPSS, SAS, S-plus, R). Alternatively the file will open fully in Microsoft Wordpad.)
POLAR3 and the HE-qualified adult classification of 2001 Census Area Statistics wards
Look-up between unit postcode and the POLAR3 and the HE-qualified adult classification of 2001 Census Area Statistics wards*
*Based on the ONS National Statistics Postcode directory (NSPD) May 2015 (added 14 August 2015)
Maps showing the levels of young HE participation at different geographies are available. Further maps will be added in time, including those at ward level.