The UCAS End of Cycle Report 2018 is the first national overview of demand for, and acceptances to, undergraduate UK higher education (HE) for the 2018 admissions cycle.

The End of Cycle Report provides independent in-depth analysis and insight about who’s applying and getting in to HE, changing patterns of recruitment, and the impacts of qualification, market reforms, and widening participation and access activities, drawing on UCAS’ many years of expertise in this area. With the current political, social and economic backdrop, and an increasingly competitive higher education market, understanding admissions patterns has rarely been more important.

As in previous years, UCAS is publishing the End of Cycle Report in several chapters, throughout November and December. 

The report will be accompanied by the release of around 300 data sets (end of cycle data resources), which are free to access and reuse. These data sets, to be published on 13 December 2018, comprise cross tabulations of key characteristics of applicants, their applications and outcomes, as well as the data behind all charts in the reports. Provider-level data sets will follow in January 2019.

The first release, comprised of three chapters, covers a summary of applicants and acceptances, offer-making, and unconditional offer-making, to 18 year olds from England, Northern Ireland, and Wales. The second release was a summary of applicant characteristics. The third release covers patterns by geography, and qualifications.

Table of contents

Section Summary of contents Data resources
Summary of applicants and acceptances (1.34 MB) A headline analysis of patterns of entry to UK undergraduate courses. Summary of applicants and acceptances data (7.28 KB)
Offer-making (871.96 KB) An analysis of offer-making by age, domicile, country, predicted grades, and tariff group. Offer-making data (12.41 KB)
Unconditional offer-making (2.64 MB) An analysis of unconditonal offer-making to 18 year olds from England, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Unconditional offer-making data (16.19 KB)
Patterns by applicant characteristics (997.04 KB) An analysis of applicant characteristics including POLAR4, SIMD and gender. Patterns by applicant characteristics data (31.66 KB)
Patterns by geography (1.01 MB)

An analysis of applicants and acceptances by geography.

Patterns by geography data (119.87 KB)
Qualifications (989.75 KB)

An analysis of applicants and acceptances by qualifications held.  

Qualifications data (10.07 KB)


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