Applying for Higher Education - the Diversity of Career Choices, Plans and Expectations

Published: March 08; Pages: 184; File size: 37 MB.  

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  • Analysis of the response points to a number of key factors which related to the success or otherwise of an application to study full-time in a UK Higher Education Institution in 2006.                  
  • Not surprisingly, the better entry qualifications were, the higher the chances of gaining a place.
  • Likelihood of acceptance was higher for applicants to some subjects than others. Not surprisingly, medicine, dentistry and subjects allied to medicine had much lower rates of acceptance than other courses. Subjects with high rates of acceptance were: physical sciences, mathematics and computing, engineering, mass communications and documentation, combined sciences and languages.
  • Those applying as ‘young mature’ applicants aged 21-24 appear to have had the highest success rate.
  • Applicants from ‘middle class’ backgrounds had a higher chance of success even after controlling for their higher entry qualifications.
  • In terms of broad ethnic groups, Asian applicants fared better than whites, blacks less well. The differences among those from different minority ethnic backgrounds within the broad groups are also significant and the scale of the sample enables such differences to be explored.
  • The gender difference in outcomes is intriguing and will be a major focus of the study as it proceeds. Males had a higher probability of success than females, even controlling for their very different subject choice profiles.
  • Access to information about the occupations the applicants wanted to follow was important. Those who responded positively to this question were more likely to have been successful.
  • There were significant regional differences in likelihood of acceptance. Applicants who had applied to Higher Education Institutions in Greater London, the South West, Scotland or Northern Ireland as their first choices were less likely to have a successful application.

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