The UCAS End of Cycle Report 2020 is the first national overview of demand for, and acceptances to, undergraduate UK higher education (HE) for the 2020 admissions cycle.

The End of Cycle Report provides independent in-depth analysis and insight about who’s applying and being accepted into full-time undergraduate higher education. This year we will be publishing two End of Cycle Reports across December and January, focusing on widening access and participation and student choice.

The End of Cycle Report is accompanied by the release of accompanying data resources, presented in an interactive dashboard, allowing users to visualise and tailor the reporting to their own specifications. These data sets are also available in files which are free to access and reuse.

The first report ‘Widening access and participation’ was published on Wednesday 16 December.

On 22 January 2021, an update was made to the entry rates by UK region and parliamentary constituency. This has been done to account for redistribution of those UK applicants not assigned a region or parliamentary constituency. This has resulted in minor increases (of up to 2.6 percentage point) in some entry rates. This has impacted Table 4 on page 7 of the report, as well as the accompanying data files.

Publication date Type of release  Scope
16 December 2020 (Weds)

What happened to the COVID cohort? (1.84 MB)

Annex A (466.51 KB)

Annex B (303.74 KB)

Annex C (440.89 KB)

Data tables (38.42 KB)

Report focused on widening access and participation (WP). The report will analyse how and why the events of 2020 affected key trends in WP and explore what this might mean for 2021 and beyond.
16 December 2020 (Weds) Data resources Sector-level data resources for the end of the 2020 application cycle.
4 February 2021 (Thurs) Data resources Provider-level data resources for the end of the 2020 application cycle.
4 February 2021 (Thurs) Reports by sex, area background, and ethnic group Provider-level data covering applications, offers, and placed applicants by sex, area background, and ethnic group.
25 March 2021 (Thurs) Where next? What influences the choices school leavers make?  Student choice and motivation. This report explores the student journey, from the point of initial choice, to further study and first employment.

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