UCAS provides an unprecedented breadth of analysis on offer-making and equality in admissions at universities and colleges

Posted Thu 31 January 2019 - 00:01

Today, UCAS publishes new analysis addressing the following:

This concludes our statistical reporting for the 2018 undergraduate admissions cycle.

Clare Marchant, UCAS’ Chief Executive, said: ‘UCAS’ commitment to transparency for students, teachers, universities, and colleges has seen our most comprehensive analysis of the current trends in undergraduate admissions, during the 2018 cycle.

‘Our independence means we can present a balanced view on the different ways unconditional offers are used, and their impact on attainment, and share students’ opinions on them to enable an informed and nuanced debate.

‘It’s crucial that students can make well-informed choices. UCAS is here to provide step-by-step support, to help them make the right decisions for their future, including advice on unconditional offers. We’ve also issued good practice guides to support universities and colleges to make unconditional offers responsibly.’

All published data can be found in the data and analysis section of ucas.com, and in ‘Notes for editors’ below.

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Notes for editors

UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is an independent charity, and the UK's shared admissions service for higher education. We manage almost three million applications, from around 700,000 people, each year, for full-time undergraduate courses, at over 380 universities and colleges across the UK.

This report, the fourth and final release of the 2018 UCAS Undergraduate End of Cycle Report, covers patterns of unconditional offer-making by providers, and additional reporting of patterns by applicant characteristics. Six previous chapters of the End of Cycle Report were published in November and December 2018.

Accompanying the final two chapters of the End of Cycle Report are:


In Scotland, there is a substantial section of higher education that is not included in UCAS' figures. This is mostly full-time higher education, provided in further education colleges, which represents around one third of young, full-time undergraduate study in Scotland – this proportion varies by geography and background within Scotland. Accordingly, figures on applications, and application rates in Scotland, reflect only those applying for full-time undergraduate study through UCAS.

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