Prospects of university applications 'depend heavily on where students live'
Teenagers in some parts of the UK are around four times as likely as their peers to apply to go to university, figures show.
Statistics suggest a youngster's chances of applying for a degree course depend heavily on where they live, and in some areas the proportions planning on going into higher education has dropped in the last decade.
A Press Association analysis of Ucas data reveals that on average this year, 55% of 18-year-olds living in the top 10% of parliamentary constituencies in terms of university applications applied for a degree course by the main January 15 deadline.
Just 24% of youngsters living in the bottom 10% of constituencies applied by the same point.