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Perceptions of higher education and higher and degree apprenticeships: executive summary

Explores the challenges and issues faced by young people from under-represented groups in progressing into higher education (HE) and higher/degree apprenticeships, drawing on the results of focus groups involving school, college and university students and staff. Outlines the National Collaborative Outreach Programme of 29 local consortia aiming to increase the number of students from under-represented groups progressing into HE. Describes key findings relating to students' aspirations and knowledge of career options and activities to raise aspirations. Concludes that in order to raise aspirations of students who would not normally apply for HE it is important for parents, schools and college staff to better informed about options and where to access further information, and that activities to raise aspirations should start early in schools.


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Kettlewell, Kelly; McCrone, Tami; Straw, Suzanne
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