It covers applicants who have applied for any course, including courses with an October deadline (statistics for those applying to October deadline courses can be viewed here).
It also covers applicants who have applied by the 15 January deadline. This particular release includes seven reports in the same format as previous cycles, covering different characteristics of applicants (including domicile, age, and sex) and provision type (including country of provider and subject), they can be viewed here.
It’s worth considering that interim releases however are not designed for cycle to cycle comparisons, as there is no secure way to get a like for like comparison point outside of scheme deadlines. However, for context purposes only interim releases do contain figures from previous cycles at an approximately similar reference point. This is normally taken as the third Monday in the month.