I have just received this information from the University of Oxford, showing the number of applicants, number of applications shortlisted and number of offers made to those whose main qualification is an Access to Higher Education Diploma. As you can see from the attached image, the number of applications has fallen greatly since 2011, when 35 applications were sent to the university. In 2016, this number had fallen to just 3.
I have been told that there are a number of reasons for this, but it is mainly due to a decline in mature and part-time learner numbers progressing to HE since the introduction of the higher fees in 2012, students preferring not to study away from home for a number of reasons and some students questioning the value of non-vocational degrees (most of Oxford’s degrees are academic and non-vocational) and wanting to study vocational degrees that Oxford does not offer.
Nevertheless, I have decided to attach this information for anybody that might be interested.