Though many young Scots enter Higher Education via articulation programmes run in partnership with local colleges and universities and so do not appear in the UCAS figures, there has been a surge this year in such students going straight into universities.
The latest figures show acceptances up 13% adding to the 7% in the previous year to produce a 20% increase since 2015.
In England, the increase in acceptances by those from disadvantaged areas has only been 9% since 2007.
Returning to my opening point, access from disadvantaged areas to HE, including via the articulation courses, might actually suggest a much higher level overall in Scotland. See this quote from last year’s UCAS report:
‘In Scotland, there is a substantial section of provision that is not included in UCAS figures. This is mostly full-time higher education provided in further education colleges which represents around one third of young full-time undergraduate study in Scotland. Consequently, for Scotland, this report reflects the trends in applications that are recruited through UCAS and not, as elsewhere in the UK, full-time undergraduate study in general. ’ (UCAS, 2016)