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The process of gaining a place at—being admitted to—a school, college, or university. Schools have been required since 2007 to ensure that their admissions code promotes social cohesion. This requirement was introduced as a result of evidence that pupils from less advantaged homes were more likely to fail to gain admission to the most popular schools, since these tend to be located in areas of social advantage. Some local authorities, in an effort to address this issue, have introduced the use of an admission lottery, where pupils are allocated places by chance rather than by parental choice. In larger institutions, such as universities and colleges, it is often the title of the department or section which deals with the administration relating to applications, offers, and admissions. See also admissions appeal; social class; Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

Subjects: Education.

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