We use a variety of data sets to measure areas of low progression to higher education.
These include POLAR and ACORN data. Universities may add additional data sets such as SIMD in Scotland.
These data sets show how likely young people are to participate in higher education across the UK and shows how this varies by area and the socio-economic make up of a postcode.
We are most interested in applicants who live in POLAR3 young participation quintiles 1 or 2 and/or ACORN groups 4 and 5. If you do not live in these areas it doesn’t mean your application will not be successful – it’s one of our eligibility criteria, and the more of them you meet the more likely your application is to be accepted..
You can use your postcode to find out which POLAR3 quintile you live in on the HEFCE website: //www.hefce.ac.uk/postcode/