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Introduction and structure of report


This report explores three strands of data to address the following objectives set out by the IB:-

  • To investigate the patterns of offer-making to IB applicants
  • To determine whether there are any differences in the success of IB applicants according to the subject line applied to
  • To provide a profile of IB applicants
  • To compare the success of IB applicants in terms of gaining offers/places with all other UCAS applicants

The strands of data are as follows:-

Offers data

This section investigates whether an offer was made and whether applicants subsequently took up a HE place.  The process is illustrated below and is considered sufficient to assess the success of IB applicants.

Figure 1 Applicants, Applications and Acceptances

Figure 1 Applicants, Applications and Acceptances

Following extraction of IB applicants from the applicant database, the original institution decision (received offer/unsuccessful) was extracted and examined to determine whether there were differences in results according to:

  • Domicile (UK, EU or Non EU)
  • Preferred subject line - aggregated course level based on JACS codes (eg A1 for medicine - see Appendix A for full list). The top ten subject lines for IB applicants were used for this report;
  • Type of institution (a minimum of six HEIs was required in subsets in order to protect their data);

Profiling of IB and Non IB applicants


This section includes information on the following variables:




Socio-economic status

Ethnic Group

School Type



A summary of the data trends.

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