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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:
Research carried out by the Learning and Work Institute (LWI) and part funded by the DfE, has found adult
participation in education has fallen to a record low. Only 35% of the adults surveyed said that they had participated in any form of learning during the
previous three years.
Principal author: John Widdowson, Chair, MEG and Editor: Nick Whitehouse, Coordinator, MEG