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NI teens most likely to go to university

By Alison Kershaw

Teenagers in Northern Ireland are the most likely in the UK to go to university, official figures show.

The entry rate for 18 year-olds living here was 34.8% this year, according to admissions service Ucas.

One in three English 18-year-olds have been placed on degree courses through Ucas this year, according to new data, along with around one in four Scottish youngsters of the same age.

The latest snapshot, taken four weeks after A-level results day, show that in both England and Scotland, entry rates have risen every year since 2013, reaching the highest point recorded this year.

The entry rate for 18-year-olds, typically school leavers, in England is now 33.3%, up 0.8 percentage points on last year.

In Scotland, the entry rate for 18-year-olds is 25.5%, up 0.7 percentage points. In Wales, it was 29.1% this year.

More than 400,000 students were accepted at UK universities and colleges this year.

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