Table 1

Relationship between trainees’ demographic variables, performance during the UK FP selection process and allocation results.

Group totalUKFP application scoreAllocation to foundation school
EPMSJT(EPM+SJT+additional degrees+publications)First choiceSecond or third choiceNot in top threeP values
nMedian (IQR)P valuesMedian (IQR)P valuesMedian (IQR)P valuesnRow %nRow %nRow %
Gender
 Female481539.0 (36.0–41.0)<0.00141.0 (38.7–43.1)<0.00182.2 (78.2–86.1)<0.001353373.468914.359312.3<0.001
 Male365238.0 (36.0–40.0)40.0 (37.8–42.1)80.7 (76.8–84.6)250168.558015.957115.6
Age category
 School leaver (17–20)752639.0 (36.0–41.0)0.58440.6 (38.6–42.7)<0.00181.6 (77.6–85.4)0.302534671115115.3102913.70.081
 Mature (21+)94139.0 (36.0–41.0)40.1 (37.7–42.5)81.8 (77.6–86.0)68873.111812.513514.3
Highest qualification on entry
 Graduate64739.0 (36.0–41.0)0.13240.5 (38.2–42.8)0.66582.9 (78.8–87.0)<0.00149175.97511.68112.50.016
 Non-graduate782039.0 (36.0–41.0)40.6 (38.3–42.7)81.5 (77.4–85.3)554370.9119415.3108313.8
Type of secondary school attended
 State-funded school or college530739.0 (36.0–41.0)0.00140.6 (38.3–42.7)0.56781.7 (77.6–85.5)0.578392073.973813.964912.2<0.001
 Fee-paying school239838.0 (36.0–41.0)40.6 (38.4–42.8)81.7 (77.7–85.7)161667.441117.137115.5
Parental occupation
 I-Managerial and professional occupations602739.0 (36.0–41.0)0.00840.7 (38.4–42.8) < 0.001 81.9 (77.8–85.7)<0.001437272.588114.677412.80.149
 II–V occupations67738.0 (36.0–41.0)40.1 (37.8–42.4)80.4 (76.7–84.0)47670.39614.210515.5
Free school meal
 Yes57638.0 (36.0–40.0)<0.00140.0 (37.8–42.0) < 0.001 80.2 (76.5–84.5)<0.00137565.18815.311319.6<0.001
 No669639.0 (36.0–41.0)40.7 (38.4–42.8)81.9 (77.9–85.8)48887398614.782312.3
Income support
 Yes98638.0 (36.0–41.0)0.00340.2 (37.9–42.3) < 0.001 80.9 (76.7–84.8)<0.00168969.914414.615315.50.027
 No596239.0 (36.0–41.0)40.7 (38.6–42.9)82.0 (78.0–85.9)434172.887914.774212.4
Parent education
 University-educated parent538839.0 (36.0–41.0)0.00440.7 (38.4–42.8) < 0.001 82.0 (78.0–86.0)<0.001388372.181715.268812.80.402
 No parent with a university degree213539.0 (36.0–41.0)40.4 (38.2–42.3)81.1 (77.1–84.8)155672.92981428113.2
Participation of local areas (POLAR 2&3)
 Low participation neighbourhood (POLAR 2&3)38238.0 (36.0–41.0)0.2440.2 (37.8–42.7)0.5380.8 (76.5–84.6)0.00728574.64010.55714.90.043
 Other neighbourhood741739.0 (36.0–41.0)40.6 (38.4–42.7)81.8 (77.7–85.7)532571.811141597813.2
Ethnicity
 Asian or Asian British194137.0 (35.0–40.0)<0.00139.6 (37.2–41.8) < 0.001 79.6 (75.7–83.5)<0.001108956.138719.946524<0.001
 Black or black British21836.0 (35.0–39.0)38.7 (36.2–41.1)78.2 (74.1–81.8)10347.24922.56630.3
 Mixed32038.0 (36.0–40.0)40.5 (38.0–42.6)81.3 (77.7–85.1)22068.84915.35115.9
 Other ethnic groups27237.0 (35.0–40.0)39.6 (37.2–41.5)80.0 (75.9–84.1)14051.56423.56825
 White569339.0 (37.0–41.041.0 (38.8–43.1)82.5 (78.6–86.2)447278.671212.55098.9
Domicile
 England630538.0 (36.0–41.0)0.01140.2 (37.8–42.4) 0.43 81.8 (77.8–85.7)<0.001430968.3104616.695015.1<0.001
 Northern Ireland43038.0 (36.0–40.0)40.5 (38.2–42.8)79.8 (75.8–83.7)37587.2296.7266
 Scotland77639.0 (37.0–41.0)40.7 (38.6–42.9)82.0 (78.3–86.0)70190.3455.8303.9
 Wales31339.0 (36.0–41.0)40.7 (38.4–42.7)80.9 (76.9–85.3)244783711.83210.2
Place of medical qualification
 England679638.0 (36.0–41.0)0.54340.1 (37.5–42.2) < 0.001 81.7 (77.6–85.5)<0.001458567.5114116.8107015.7<0.001
 Northern Ireland27839.0 (37.0–41.0)40.6 (38.4–42.8)79.7 (75.0–83.7)24889.2176.1134.7
 Scotland102139.0 (36.0–41.0)41.1 (38.5–43.3)81.7 (77.8–85.6)90989676.6454.4
 Wales37238.0 (36.0–41.0)40.6 (38.3–42.7)81.1 (77.4–86.0)29278.54411.8369.7
Programme type
 5-year standard degree programme816539.0 (36.0–41.0)<0.00140.6 (38.3–42.7) < 0.001 81.7 (77.6–85.6)<0.001583871.5121914.9110813.60.104
 4-year graduate entry route6036.0 (34.0–39.0)39.2 (36.6–41.5)79.5 (75.5–83.1)4066.79151118.3
 6-year widening access route24238.0 (36.0–40.0)39.3 (36.3–41.9)78.5 (74.5–82.9)15664.54116.94518.6
UKFP application score
603471.3126915116413.8<0.001
 Average score (raw)82.8580.1875.23
 Standardised score (SD)0.254 (.93)−0.214 (.77)−1.083 (.65)
  • EPM, Educational Performance Measure; SJT, Situational Judgement Test; UKFP, UK Foundation Programme.