According to a survey done by the Sutton Trust 14% of 7 to 11 year-olds say they are unlikely to go into higher education.
The number of children in England and Wales who say they are unlikely to go into higher education has risen for the second year in a row, with 14% saying HE is unlikely for them.
2,612 children aged 7 – 11 were surveyed, with the following results.
44% thought that they were not clever enough to go into higher education
64% said that the cost of higher education put them off
42% didn’t think that they needed a degree for the jobs that they wanted.
There are both positives and negatives in the results. The fact that 42% of those surveyed didn’t think that they needed a degree to do the job that they wanted to can be seen as a positive. It may indicate that young people are moving away from the idea that they must study for a degree in order to have any hope of employment. They may also be recognising that uni isn’t for everyone.
The negative interpretation would be that paired with the fact that 44% thought that they weren’t clever enough for HE may indicate that young people are not aspiring high.
Do young people understand the various options?
With so many saying that they worry about the debt of HE and want to start earning; it begs the question – do they know about degree apprenticeships and how they work? And do they understand that they don’t have to go to university to study for a degree or other higher education qualifications – that colleges of FE offer these options, where they may be able to save on accommodation and living costs and study close to home?