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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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A full report documents our analysis of the A-level and equivalent population, and is supported by a toolkit of interactive data that provide further detail on their participation in higher education with regards to a number of characteristics.

What interactive data are available?

HE participation of Level 3 pupils by age and other characteristics

ageFurther data showing HE participation between the ages of 18 and 24, split by characteristics including sex and region.

Young HE participation of Level 3 pupils by attainment and other characteristics

attainFurther data showing young HE participation (aged 18 or 19), split by the Level 3 grades achieved and characteristics including school type and POLAR3 quintile.

Young HE participation of A-level and BTEC pupils by subject area and attainment

subjectSubject areas can only be examined for pupils holding A-level or BTEC qualifications. Further data shows young HE participation (aged 18 or 19), split by subject and the Level 3 grades achieved.

Page last updated 27 March 2018

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