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Table 1 Percentage of applicants to medical school by UK country according to four measures of socioeconomic status (SES)

From: Fair access to medicine? Retrospective analysis of UK medical schools application data 2009-2012 using three measures of socioeconomic status

  England (n = 26442) Scotland (n = 2479) Wales (n = 1380) N. Ireland (n = 1764) UK (n = 32065) UK application ratio (applicants: estimated population)
IMD decile (postcode assigned SES)       
 1 deprived 5.7 2.3 3.6 1.8 5.1 0.51
 2 7.6 2.7 4.6 3.2 6.9 0.69
 3 7.1 3.3 3.9 4.6 6.6 0.66
 4 7.7 5.0 6.1 6.2 7.3 0.73
 5 8.4 6.8 5.7 7.7 8.1 0.81
 6 9.2 8.0 7.6 9.0 9.0 0.90
 7 9.5 8.9 7.8 9.2 9.4 0.94
 8 11.3 11.9 9.9 11.7 11.3 1.13
 9 13.8 18.9 16.4 16.2 14.5 1.45
 10 affluent 19.7 32.3 34.5 30.4 21.9 2.19
School typea       
 Independent 25.9 29.6 14.9 0.2 24.3 3.74
 State 71.1 65.4 82.1 96.7 72.5 0.78
   Grammar 19.5 0.1 0.1 91.0 21.1 -
   Comp/FEC/SFC 51.6 65.3 82.0 5.7 51.4 -
 Missing/Unknown/Other 3.1 5.0 2.9 3.1 3.2 -
Parental NS-SEC       
 1 Higher managerial/admin & professional 73.9 83.7 80.7 79.6 75.3 2.0
 2 Intermediate 4.6 5.0 5.2 5.6 4.7 0.4
 3 Small employers, own account workers 5.6 3.8 3.9 5.3 5.4 0.6
 4 Lower supervisory and technical 1.9 1.5 1.7 2.7 1.9 0.3
 5 Semi-routine and routine 3.2 1.0 1.8 1.5 2.9 0.1
 Missing 10.8 4.9 6.7 5.3 9.9 -
  1. aIndependent schools are fee-paying and mainly select by academic ability. State schools are government funded and free to use. Grammar schools select by academic ability. Comp/FEC/Other refers to comprehensive schools (non-selective), further education colleges (which provide non-selective education to some 16–18 year olds), other refers to a range of other school types including sixth-form colleges (which only provide education to 16–18 year olds)