OfS Transparency Return

Our information submitted to the Office for Students

University of Plymouth context

The University of Plymouth has a long-standing commitment to the provision of higher education to all those who can benefit from it, and in supporting our students, regardless of their background, to succeed in higher education and after graduation. We have for many years delivered positive outcomes in social mobility and widening participation.

With our Further Education college partners, the University of Plymouth engages comprehensively across the South West to support our region and its students to access and succeed in higher education. 

We are aware that there is more to do to ensure that students from all backgrounds succeed once they are at Plymouth. In common with the Higher Education sector we are working to understand the barriers that contribute to our gaps in applications, attainment and progression from underrepresented student groups, in order to eliminate them.

Our current Access and Participation Plan (19/20 plan) and future Access and Participation Plans (20/21 plan) give a detailed account of the analysis, targets and steps we are taking to ensure widening access, student success and progression after University. View Fee summary 2021-22.

The information published on these pages shows:

  • The number of applications for admission on to recognised, undergraduate higher education courses that we have received from UK domiciled applicants
  • The number of offers we have made in relation to those applications
  • The number of those offers accepted and the number of those who have registered with us
  • The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

It also shows these numbers by reference to:

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate
  • Their ethnicity
  • Their socio-economic background.

It is important to note that the data presented has not been contextualised. This means, for example, that you will not be able to see from this data how many of those applying to courses met the entry criteria. It is also the case that universities and colleges will often receive many more applications than they have spaces on courses and so offer rates will necessarily be lower than application rates in those circumstances.

Table 1a: Summary of applications, offers, acceptances and registrations for 2018-19 entrants

  Number of applications % of applications that received an offer % of applications that accepted an offer % of applications that led to a registration
Full time Ethnicity White 14490 80.2% 29.5% 26.8%
BAME 2650 66.8% 18.7% 17.5%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 5330 73.9% 30.0% 27.6%
3 to 5 10860 80.1% 27.9% 25.4%
Gender Male 7200 82.6% 27.2% 24.6%
Female 10190 74.9% 28.8% 26.3%
Other N N N N
Part time Ethnicity White N/A N/A N/A N/A

EIMD quintile 1 and 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 

  3 to 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Gender Male N/A N/A N/A N/A

  Female N/A N/A N/A N/A

  Other N/A N/A N/A N/A

Apprenticeships Ethnicity White 120 96% 93% 93%


EIMD quintile  1 and 2 60 100% 95% 93%

  3 to 5 70 93% 93% 92%

  Gender  Female 120 96% 93% 92%

    Male N N N N

  Other N N N N


N/A - Not applicable as no applicants to this mode of study

N - 24 or fewer students in this population

DP - Data suppressed for data protection reasons

Table 2a: Percentage of first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2017-18 qualifiers

Ethnicity  BAME 61% 
White 75% 
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 69.8% 
3 to 5 76.2% 
Gender Female 76.4% 
Male 71.3% 


N/A - Not applicable as no qualifiers at this mode and level

N - 24 or fewer students in this population

DP - Data suppressed for data protection reasons