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5. What do RO participants do next?

Information on RO students applications to university is provided by the UCAS STROBE service, and information

on their participation in HE is provided by the HEAT HESA Track.

Access to Higher Education

93% of Cohort 8 participants reported that they had applied

for a place at university, of whom nearly nine out of ten had

applied to a RO Partner university.

Over three quarters said they had received an offer from

their first-choice university, and 92% of RO students reported

that they were happy with the offers they received.

Tracking of RO Cohort 7 participants using UCAS application

data confirmed that 84% of those students


had applied to

university, of whom 89% had applied to a RIU (85% to an

RO Partner university). These were significantly higher

proportions than in a matched comparator group


. These

were also slightly higher than for the RO Cohort 6 tracked

participants (78% applying, of whom 86% to a RIU).

Table 3 shows that high proportions of RO participants from

the bottom two POLAR3 quintiles, i.e. students from the

neighbourhoods least likely to enter HE, applied to RO

Partner and/or other RIUs.

Table 3 Applicants to RO Partner universities/RIUs by POLAR3 quintile,

Cohort 7, 2017 entry

Source: This information has been derived from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service STROBE analytical data service.

Participation in HE

Enrolments at university

The HEAT Tracker enables identification of RO participants

who actually enter university amongst national HE student

records held by HESA.

This shows that two thirds (67%) of Cohort 6 students

tracked by HESA in the HEAT database had entered

university in their first HE-ready year. This is higher than

the 59% of a matched comparator group who had not

participated in the RO programme. A total of 30% were

studying at a RIU (representing 45% of all those in HE),

which compares with 26% of the comparator group. This

continues the pattern in Cohort 5 (Figure 4).

Looking at the figures for the overall population for England,

28% of all 18 year olds entered HE in 2016/17, and 50% of

all people aged 30 and under were in HE. In terms of type

of university attended, 31% of all UK-domiciled first year full

time first degree students at UK universities were studying

at a RIU.

6. Not all RO participants are able to be identified in this tracking

7. The comparator population was selected from the population of all outreach participants (including those in intensive activities) to match RO participants

by socio-economic background and attainment at Key Stage 4, and targeting criteria were also applied at the school level this year. The population is further

restricted to Key Stage 5 entrants to reflect only those who had progressed to post-16 education.





3-5 All

Applied to university that year (all)


250 200 285 745

Applied to RO institutions

% 82.0 85.0 91.2 85.2

Applied to RIU (including RO)

% 90.0 87.5 93.0 89.3