When will diversity of higher education mean diversity of entry routes for young people?

Little, Brenda and Connor, Helen (2007). When will diversity of higher education mean diversity of entry routes for young people? Journal of Access Policy and Practice, 4(2) pp. 134–156.

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Abstract

Government calls for an expanded and more diverse higher education system can be traced back over a quarter of a century at least. Access to the system was also to be more diverse. In this article we consider the case of young people's access to higher education through different pathways. We draw on the findings of recent empirical studies which focused particularly on vocational routes to higher education, including admissions-related issues, set against a backdrop of policy initiatives geared towards improving participation of young 'vocational' learners to examine whether diversity of access routes to higher education has become a reality. Finally, we consider reforms to education and training now being introduced for young people (through changes to the 14 -19 curriculum) and question whether these, by themselves, will lead to more diverse routes to higher education.

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