Application rate data explorer for parliamentary constituencies (experimental)

This tool is a way to interactively explore some of the data published in the 2017 UCAS January deadline applicant analysis report.

The data explorer shows the number of 18 year olds who applied to higher education through UCAS from each parliamentary constituency by the January deadline, along with the application rate (the number of applicants divided by the population). The trends in the application rate can also be explored over time along with the proportional change in the application rate since 2006.

The underlying data file can be found alongside the data files for all charts in the 2017 January Deadline Report. If you have any questions please contact us at We'd also welcome any feedback you have.

The data explorer is intended for use on desktop computers with mouse control. It's compatible with the latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers.

Use the slider to choose the cycle

2017 View by proportional change View by application rates

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The colours in this bar chart correspond to those in the map above and show the range of application rates (or proportional changes in application rates) spanned by each colour. The size of the bars indicates the number of constituencies that fall into each of these ranges.

Version: v2

For people living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, UCAS covers the overwhelming majority of full-time undergraduate provision. Therefore, the statistics on applicants or application rates can be taken as being very close to all applications to full-time undergraduate higher education. In Scotland there's a substantial section of provision that is not included in UCAS' figures. This is mostly full time higher education provided in further education colleges - this represents around one third of young full-time undergraduate study in Scotland. This proportion varies by geography and background within Scotland. Accordingly, figures on application rates or applicants in Scotland reflect only that part of full-time undergraduate study that uses UCAS.

In 2014, there were fewer very late acceptances than in other cycles recorded in the UCAS data for some Scottish providers. These changes may mean the number of applicants and acceptances to Scottish UCAS providers in 2014 recorded through UCAS could be understated by up to 2,000 compared to how applicants and acceptances have been reported in recent cycles. This means comparing 2014 applicants and acceptances for Scottish providers (or those from Scotland) to other cycles may not give an accurate measure of change.

In 2015, around 120 courses at Scottish providers which were previously part of the UCAS Teacher Training scheme moved into the UCAS scheme. As such the number of applicants and acceptances to Scottish providers in 2015 recorded through UCAS includes those which were previously part of UCAS Teacher Training. So comparing 2015 applicants and acceptances for Scottish providers (or those from Scotland, particularly aged 21 or over) to previous cycles may not give a like-for-like measure of change.

The data explorer was created using the (D3 javascript library)