Oct 12

Oxbridge – why are state school candidates less successful?

Your chances of getting in to Oxford or Cambridge depend on what subject you’ve chosen. A popular course like medicine or law is likely to attract far more candidates than classics or chemistry. This explains, in part, says Oxford, why state school students are less successful than their privately educated peers:

On average, 36% of all state school applications between 2009 and 2011 were for the five most oversubscribed subjects at Oxford. This compared to just 32% of independent school applications.

State students also apply in disproportionately low numbers for the least oversubscribed subjects: 17% of all independent school applications between 2009 and 2011 were for Oxford’s five least oversubscribed subjects, compared to just 13% of all state school applications.

The Guardian has an excellent table in their Education Datablog showing the relative popularity of different subjects.

Source: Rebecca Ratcliffe Guardian News and Media Ltd


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