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FE colleges have seen the largest year on year increase in the proportion of applicants to accepted to HE courses

Alan Birks writing for the very informative Click newsletter has summarised the 2018 UCAS Undergraduate End of Cycle Report and describes that:-

UCAS data shows that over the past 10 years, FE colleges have seen the largest year on year increase in the proportion of applicants to accepted to HE courses of any other form of post-16 education. In 2018 UCAS received 43,000 applications from students at FE colleges applying for places. Of these, 83.8% were accepted. While this is a lower HE acceptance rate than for academies (87.8%), sixth-form colleges (87.6%), independent schools (87.1%) and other state schools (85.5%), it is higher than that of grammar schools (82.5%) which some might say is interesting, given the selective nature of grammar schools and their focus on the preparation of pupils for university. More detail and analysis of acceptance rates is contained in the 2018 UCAS Undergraduate End of Cycle Report, which can be found at:

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Education Policy Institute David Robinson- Further Education Pathways Securing a successful and healthy life after education.

This report has been commissioned by The Health Foundation and looks at the education pathways taken by
the majority of young people who do not pursue an A Level/Bachelor’s degree route after secondary
education and provides a detailed series of issues and recommendations.

To read the report click here


Teaching staff need greater support to develop vital digital skills, JISC survey finds

A new Jisc survey of 6,534 members of teaching staff at 61 UK colleges and universities reveals that less than 15% are given time to innovate or recognised for developing digital skills

to read the survey click here


OfS Mental health: Are all students being properly supported?

To read the OfS insight brief

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