Northern Ireland

UCAS: South Belfast has highest university entry rate in Northern Ireland

The figures for each parliamentary constituency have been released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Image copyright PA
Image caption The figures for each parliamentary constituency have been released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Eighteen-year-olds from South Belfast were almost twice as likely to enter university in 2015 as those from North Belfast, according to annual figures.

The figures for each parliamentary constituency have been released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

They show that 39.4% of 18-year-olds living in South Belfast were accepted to universities this year.

That compares to 21.1% of those living in the North Belfast constituency.

South Belfast is the constituency with the highest entry rate in Northern Ireland, while North Belfast has the lowest.

UCAS calculated the total number of 18-year-olds in each constituency, and how many had been accepted to university.

'Risen steadily'

The figures show that just over a third of 18-year-olds living in Northern Ireland (33.5%) were accepted to universities in 2015.

Among the parliamentary constituencies with above average entry rates are South Down (39.3%), East Antrim (38.8%) and North Antrim (38.6%).

East Belfast (28.1%), South Antrim (29.1%) and Fermanagh and South Tyrone (29.5%) were among the constituencies below the Northern Ireland average.

Entry rate for parliamentary constituencies 2015
Constituency Acceptance Rate (%) Acceptances
Belfast East 28.1 320
Belfast North 21.1 290
Belfast South 39.4 460
Belfast West 24.6 350
East Antrim 38.8 440
East Londonderry 36.4 480
Fermanagh & South Tyrone 29.5 440
Foyle 34.3 510
Lagan Valley 34.6 470
Mid Ulster 34.9 520
Newry & Armagh 33.7 580
North Antrim 38.6 560
North Down 37.6 410
South Antrim 29.1 420
South Down 39.3 630
Strangford 33.7 390
Upper Bann 31.8 540
West Tyrone 37.9 500

In West Belfast, 24.6% of 18-year-olds went to university in 2015.

However, the percentage of young people in the constituency going to university has risen steadily over the last decade.

In 2006, for example, only 17.8% of 18-year-olds living in the area went to university.

UCAS produces data on university entry rates for each of the UK's 650 parliamentary constituencies.

However, they do not speculate on the reasons for the varying entry rates.

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