The proportion of entrants varies considerably across the different levels of apprenticeships. Degree apprenticeships had almost equal numbers of young and mature entrants in the 2016-17 academic year, with 49 per cent being classed as young (under the age of 21 on entry).
This was the highest proportion of young apprentices entering any level of apprenticeship and in particular highly contrasts with the entrants to level 4 and 5 apprenticeships where only 14 per cent were young.
Looking deeper into degree level apprenticeships by subject, in arts, humanities and social sciences the majority of entrants are mature, with only 15 per cent young entrants in 2016-17.
The reverse pattern occurs for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects where 63 per cent of entrants were young.
By type of study
Relative to the comparator groups, the data shows that the proportion of young degree apprentices (49 per cent) is between that of part-time and full-time first degree students.
The part-time group is dominated by mature students, with only 21 per cent young, whereas the opposite is true for full-time (73 per cent young).
See notes about the data