Dataset description: Qualifications / Educational establishment / Ethnicity
Note that this dataset is restricted to UK applicants and accepted applicants.
Tariff (From 2002)
Main qualification (To 2001)
Grade (To 2001)
AS/CSYS (To 2001)
Education establishment (To 2002)
Socio-economic (From 2002 to 2008)
Social class (To 2001)
National datasets show the sub-set of data relating to applicants from each country.
The UCAS Tariff was introduced for 2002 entry. The Tariff establishes agreed equivalences between different types of qualifications and reports achievement for entry to higher education in a numerical format. This allows comparisons between applicants with different types and volumes of achievement. It is no longer possible to report main qualification or the points scored previously used for A/AS level.
From 2002 to 2008 entry, Socio-economic status (NS-SEC) replaced Social class in UCAS data.
UCAS used the Standard Occupational Classification 2000, which replaced the Standard Occupational Classification 1990 used up to and including 2001 entry. UCAS assigns Socio-economic status based on an applicant's parental occupation (or the occupation of the person contributing the highest income to the household if the applicant is aged 21 years or over) and uses a simplified version of the National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC) since UCAS does not collect employment status or size of organisation from applicants.
Provision of this information is voluntary and it is not passed to institutions until after the selection process. Socio-economic status (and Social class) data are only available for home (UK domiciled) applicants.
Applicants are asked to record their ethnic origin on the UCAS application form. Provision of this information is voluntary and it is not passed to institutions until after the selection process. Ethnicity is published in detail (Ethnic origin) or summarised into broad groupings (Ethnic group). Ethnicity data are only available for home (UK domiciled) applicants.
There have been a number of changes to the Ethnic origin classifications between 1996 and 2005 entry, including the division of White into British/Irish/Scottish/Other and the introduction of other groupings such as mixed and Chinese. Direct comparisons between the years are therefore not recommended.
For statistical purposes, Clearing accepts include those accepted through UCAS Extra and direct entrants, unless otherwise stated.
For statistical purposes, Degree includes Foundation degrees, unless otherwise stated.