Academic Year 2019/20

Widening participation in higher education

Data guidance



This document describes the data included in the Widening Participation in Higher Education: 2019/20 Official Statistics release’s underlying data files.

The methodology document attached to this release should be referenced alongside this data. It provides information on the data sources, their coverage and quality as well as explaining methodology used in producing the data. 


The release covers two measures of progression to Higher Education by age 19. 

The first shows progression to HE by pupil characteristics for pupils aged 15 in English state-funded schools and special schools (including non-maintained special schools). 

The second relates to progression to HE by school type for pupils aged 17 who were entered for A levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications at English schools and colleges. 

File formats and conventions


We are removing rounding and suppression of data where possible in order to maximise the utility of the statistics while minimising the risk of disclosure. 

More information about the Departmental policy on confidentiality can be found here: 


Data relating to Children in Need and Looked After children is rounded to the nearest percentage for rates and to the nearest 10 for counts of pupils given the sensitivity of these statistics. 


The following convention is used throughout the underlying data. 

‘:’ Not applicable

‘c’ Confidential

Data files

All data files associated with this releases are listed below with guidance on their content. To download any of these files, please visit our data catalogue.