Undergraduate Admissions Statistics - Notes and definitions | University of Oxford

Undergraduate Admissions Statistics - Notes and definitions

These notes accompany the University of Oxford’s Undergraduate Admissions Statistics.

The reports are produced annually by the Student Data Management and Analysis team, part of the Academic Administration Division of the University of Oxford.

The Data Source, Inclusions and Exclusions

The views are based on data on all applications lodged via UCAS and received by the University by 15th October in a given application cycle. They can also contain a few late applications, in the case of extenuating circumstances.

Applications are for Undergraduate study only, and exclude those made via UCAS for Graduate Entry Medicine (UCAS course code A101).

The interactive reports contain data back to the 2007 UCAS Cycle.


UCAS Cycle

When referring to a year, these reports refer to a UCAS cycle. This is the application cycle in which an application was made, and refers to the year of entry for the majority of those applying. E.g. applications made in the 2015 UCAS Cycle were made by 15th October 2014, for entry in October 2015 (majority), or deferred entry in October 2016 (minority).

Throughout the interactive reports, it is possible to choose to view data for a particular UCAS Cycle (back to 2007), or a selection of three-year averages.

School Type

Data on School Type uses the standard UCAS School Type Categories. These are grouped as follows:

School groupSchool sub group
FE Institutions1
Sixth Form College
Other Maintained2
Other UK Institutions4
Overseas schools

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

2 Other Maintained comprises Other Secondary Schools, Special Schools and City Technology Colleges.

3 Individual/unknown comprises those applicant who applied online through UCAS without applying via a UCAS apply base, or those where their apply base’s school type is unknown.

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.

When schools / colleges register as an apply base with UCAS, they are asked to self-declare their School Type. It is this data which is used by UCAS and forms the basis for these categories.