Undergraduate admissions statistics: School type

Introduction

For 2013 entry, of UK students attending state or independent schools or colleges in the UK, 56.8% of places went to applicants from the state sector and 43.2% to applicants from the independent sector:

UK domiciled applications and acceptances by State and Independent sector (as percentages):

  Applications 2013 Acceptances 2013
  Total (%) Total (%)
State sector 62.8 56.8
Independent 37.2 43.2
TOTAL 100.0 100.0

 

For all candidates, 45.9% of places went to those from the state sector, 37.6% to the independent sector, and 16.5% to ‘other’ (e.g. other applicants from UK institutions not classified as state or independent, individual applicants and those applying from overseas).

All domiciles:
  Applications 2013 Acceptances 2013
State sector 41.1 45.9
Independent 27.7 37.6
Other 31.2 16.5
TOTAL 100.0 100.0

Statistics on the national context for Oxford’s application numbers

  • Nationally, although independent schools educate just 7% of the total UK school population, they account for 15% of all A-level entries, 30% of all A grades, and 33% of all those getting AAA.
    [Source: Harris report]
  • On average for 2010, 17.5% of state school students getting AAA or better (excluding General Studies) applied for courses Oxford doesn’t offer.
    [Source: UCAS]

Additional statistics on Oxford’s acceptance numbers

  • State applicants’ success rate is affected by subject choice: UK domiciled state school students apply disproportionately for the most oversubscribed subjects. On average, 35% of UK domiciled state school applications between 2011 and 2013 were for the five most oversubscribed subjects at Oxford. This compared to just 29% of independent school applications. (The five most oversubscribed subjects, based on the course with over 60 places with the highest applicant to places ratio between 2011 and 2013, were: Economics & Management, Medicine, PPE, Law and Maths)
  • State students also apply in disproportionately low numbers for the least oversubscribed subjects: 18% of UK domiciled independent school applications between 2011 and 2013 were for Oxford’s five least oversubscribed subjects, compared to just 13% of all state school applications. (The five least oversubscribed subjects, based on the courses with over 60 places with the lowest applicant to places ratio between 2011 and 2013, were: Classics, Chemistry, Music, Modern Languages and Biological Sciences)

More detailed breakdowns by school type

UK domiciled applications and acceptances by type of school/college in detail, 2013 entry

  Applications 2013 Acceptances 2013
  Total % Total %
Comprehensive 2617 22.6 564 21.3
Grammar 1137 9.8 261 9.9
Sixth Form Colleges 1327 11.5 267 10.1
Academy 1 1519 13.1 320 12.1
FE Institutions 2 364 3.1 50 1.9
Other State 3 10 0.1 1 0.0
State sector 6974 60.3 1463 55.4
Independent 4125 35.7 1114 42.1
Other UK Institutions 4 43 0.4 11 0.4
Overseas Schools 55 0.5 10 0.4
Individuals 359 3.1 45 1.7
All other category 457 4.0 66 2.5
TOTAL 11556 100.0 2643 100.0

All domiciles: applications and acceptances by type of school/college in detail

  Applications 2013 Acceptances 2013
  Total % Total %
Comprehensive 2639 15.3 566 17.7
Grammar 1140 6.6 261 8.2
Sixth Form Colleges 1376 8.0 269 8.4
Academy 1 1525 8.9 320 10.0
FE Institutions 2 390 2.3 51 1.6
Other State 3 10 0.1 1 0.0
State sector 7080 41.1 1468 45.9
Independent 4764 27.7 1203 37.6
Other UK Institutions 4 66 0.4 14 0.4
Overseas Schools 2319 13.5 270 8.4
Individuals 2987 17.4 243 7.6
All other category 5372 31.2 527 16.5
TOTAL 17216 100.0 3198 100.0

1 Academy is a new classification, introduced by UCAS for 2013 entry

2 FE Institutions comprises tertiary colleges and all types of further education colleges

3 Other State comprises Other Secondary Schools, Special Schools and City Technology Colleges

4 Other UK institutions mainly comprises Language Schools and HE institutions but also includes a few other UK institutions that are not classified as either State or Independent

Equivalent table from last year, for comparison:

  Applications 2012 Acceptances 2012
  Total % Total %
Comprehensive 3,382 19.6 707 21.9
Grammar 1,954 11.3 496 15.3
Sixth-form colleges 1,363 7.9 234 7.2
FE Institutions 1 480 2.8 53 1.6
Other maintained 2 140 0.8 29 0.9
Maintained sector 7,319 42.5 1,519 47.0
Independent 4,853 28.1 1,211 37.5
Other UK Institutions 3 63
0.4 8 0.2
Overseas Schools 1,855 10.8 227
7.0
Individuals 3,151 18.3 268 8.3
All other category 5,069 29.4 503 15.6
TOTAL 17,241 100.0 3,233 100.0

1 FE Institutions comprise tertiary colleges and all types of further education colleges.

2 ‘Other maintained’ comprises other secondary schools, special schools and city technology colleges.

3 ‘Other UK Institutions’ mainly comprises language schools and HE Institutions, but also includes a few other UK institutions that are not classified as either maintained or independent.

Table showing success rates (the percentage of all applicants that are accepted) by school type

Success rate by type of school/college: all domiciles

  Success rate 2013 Success rate 2012
  All % All %
Comprehensive 21.4 20.9
Grammar 22.9 25.4
Sixth Form Colleges 19.5 17.2
Academy 1 21.0  -
FE Institutions 2 13.1 11.0
Other State 3 10.0 20.7
State sector 20.7 20.8
Independent 25.3 25.0
Other UK Institutions 4 21.2 12.7
Overseas Schools 11.6 12.2
Individuals 8.1 8.5
All other category 9.8 9.9
TOTAL 18.6 18.8

1 Academy is a new classification, introduced by UCAS for 2013 entry

2 FE Institutions comprises tertiary colleges and all types of further education colleges

3 Other State comprises Other Secondary Schools, Special Schools and City Technology Colleges

4 Other UK institutions mainly comprises Language Schools and HE institutions but also includes a few other UK institutions that are not classified as either State or Independent

Courses and school type

The table below shows, for each course, applications and acceptances by school type. It also shows success rates by course and by school type.

The figures are given as three-year averages, because numbers vary from year to year, so a single year can give a misleading picture.

The table gives figures for applicants of all domiciles.

Three-year average# of applications and acceptances by course and type of school/college, 2011–13: all domiciles

  State Independent Other
  Apps Acc Success rate (%) Apps Acc Success rate (%) Apps Acc Success rate (%)
ARTS                  
Ancient & Modern History 38 8 20.0 30 6 19.1 8 1 12.0
Archaeology and Anthropology 32 7 23.2 27 10 36.3 40 6 14.3
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History 38 11 29.8 33 6 19.4 16 2 10.6
Classics 72 29 40.5 192 84 43.7 41 9 22.8
Classics and English 15 2 13.6 10 4 40.0 7 1 9.5
Classics and Modern Languages 9 3 34.6 17 5 30.8 5 1 12.5
Computer Science & Philosophy$ 5 3 55.6 7 3 35.7 17 4 20.6
Economics and Management 285 34 11.9 281 35 12.5 563 20 3.6
English 626 124 19.8 377 94 24.8 184 18 9.6
English and Modern Languages 75 8 11.1 38 8 21.9 31 2 5.4
European and Middle Eastern Languages 18 5 28.3 15 4 26.7 7 1 10.0
Fine Art 82 10 12.6 43 4 10.0 60 9 15.6
Geography 170 40 23.5 171 36 21.2 36 5 13.9
History 501 122 24.3 398 98 24.6 101 14 13.5
History and Economics 23 5 22.1 31 6 20.4 37 2 5.5
History and English 48 6 11.7 15 2 13.6 24 2 9.7
History and Modern Languages 50 9 18.7 27 6 21.3 11 1 12.5
History and Politics 138 25 18.4 70 13 19.1 91 5 5.8
History of Art 38 7 18.3 48 6 11.9 38 1 1.8
Law 522 90 17.3 229 46 20.1 508 59 11.5
Law with Law Studies in Europe 117 16 13.4 61 9 14.2 132 5 3.5
Mathematics and Philosophy 35 5 13.3 27 9 32.5 31 4 12.0
Modern Languages 265 87 32.7 251 82 32.8 55 15 26.7
Modern Languages and Linguistics 33 11 34.0 25 9 35.1 17 3 17.6
Music 106 31 29.7 90 34 37.9 28 5 17.6
Oriental Studies 54 16 30.2 46 18 38.4 59 10 16.4
Philosophy and Modern Languages 19 5 25.0 28 5 19.0 18 6 31.5
Philosophy and Theology 36 9 24.8 49 11 21.6 16 6 36.7
Physics and Philosophy 44 5 12.2 35 8 22.6 49 6 12.8
PPE 477 103 21.6 370 85 22.9 833 59 7.0
Theology 38 12 30.4 49 18 36.3 14 4 26.2
Theology & Oriental Studies 1 0 25.0 1 0 50.0 4 1 16.7
TOTAL ARTS 4011 850 21.2 3090 763 24.7 3080 283 9.2
                   
SCIENCES                  
Biochemistry 176 52 29.5 86 28 32.8 130 13 10.3
Biological Sciences 190 60 31.5 114 38 33.0 102 10 9.5
Biomedical Sciences 92 15 16.0 43 12 27.3 69 6 8.7
Chemistry 305 97 31.7 155 64 41.3 121 22 18.5
Computer Science 64 12 18.8 18 3 16.4 63 9 14.2
Earth Sciences 80 27 33.5 32 5 15.8 27 3 9.8
EEM 13 2 13.2 13 3 23.1 87 5 6.2
Engineering Science 220 58 26.3 198 62 31.4 318 36 11.4
Experimental Psychology 124 23 18.9 74 22 29.6 69 8 12.1
Human Sciences 40 13 33.3 47 10 22.0 65 5 8.2
Materials Science and MEM 25 12 47.4 33 15 45.9 48 5 11.1
Mathematics 606 93 15.3 232 46 19.9 161 29 18.2
Mathematics and Computer Science 45 10 21.5 16 5 32.7 51 11 22.4
Mathematics and Statistics 41 3 7.3 44 3 7.6 95 14 14.7
Medicine 666 82 12.3 385 63 16.4 438 7 1.5
Physics 592 90 15.1 204 51 25.0 143 28 19.3
Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics 41 6 13.8 29 8 27.9 64 10 15.5
TOTAL SCIENCES 3319 652 19.7 1723 439 25.5 2053 223 10.8
                   
TOTAL 7330 1502 20.5 4813 1202 25.0 5133 505 9.8

# Three-year averages are given because proportions vary from year to year

The figures for applications and acceptances are given to the nearest whole number: however success rates have been calculated using the non-rounded figures

$ New course in 2012 so data for two years only

Colleges and school type

The table below shows, for each college,

a) The percentage of applications to that college which came from the state sector out of all applications from the state and independent sector; and
b) The percentage of acceptances by that college that went to state sector out of all acceptances to the state and independent sector.

Three-year averages are also given because proportions vary from year to year, so a single year can give a misleading picture.

The table gives figures for UK-domiciled applicants only.

UK domiciled applications and acceptances by college1

  Applications, offers and acceptances for 2013 Three year average 2 of applications and acceptances 2011-13
  Applications from state (%) Acceptances for state % Applications from state (%) Acceptances for state %
Balliol 67.2 60.0 69.0 61.9
Brasenose 58.3 66.7 55.7 54.9
Christ Church 57.5 42.2 62.2 48.2
Corpus Christi 69.8 66.1 66.7 59.7
Exeter 56.5 48.6 54.6 54.5
Harris Manchester 3 83.3 50.0 89.2 58.3
Hertford 73.1 65.3 70.1 64.9
Jesus 67.1 53.3 69.3 54.5
Keble 61.6 59.8 63.4 53.2
Lady Margaret Hall 59.9 52.0 61.9 52.2
Lincoln 60.2 58.3 62.1 61.0
Magdalen 68.5 51.7 68.1 60.4
Mansfield 78.1 72.7 80.8 80.1
Merton 73.4 61.8 73.0 63.3
New 57.6 49.0 58.1 49.2
Oriel 57.6 54.8 58.7 60.3
Pembroke 50.9 52.4 49.1 46.2
Queen's 57.1 59.5 55.8 54.8
Somerville 68.9 63.4 65.8 63.5
St Anne's 64.2 59.8 66.7 60.7
St Catherine's 66.0 63.1 65.4 58.4
St Edmund Hall 55.0 52.1 54.2 54.7
St Hilda's 64.7 54.2 70.3 55.8
St Hugh's 68.8 58.6 70.7 55.4
St John's 69.8 65.6 71.5 58.1
St Peter's 50.5 47.1 53.5 53.4
Trinity 54.1 44.3 53.9 49.1
University 61.3 48.3 62.9 55.5
Wadham 74.7 69.4 71.4 67.1
Worcester 58.4 62.2 61.8 64.1
OVERALL 62.8 56.8 63.4 57.3

1 The figures relate to applicants from a school or college in the UK, but exclude international students from outside the UK

Figures for the state sector are expressed as a percentage of state plus independent sector

2 Three year averages are given because proportions vary from year to year

3 For mature students, aged 21 or over