Vocational and Mature Students Success in Higher Education Foundation Programmes

Black, Anna (2021) Vocational and Mature Students Success in Higher Education Foundation Programmes. Journal of Continuing Higher Education. ISSN 0737-7363 (In Press)

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Abstract

Higher Education in the UK is pressured to widen participation due to the social justice issues of mobility and movement through the class divide. However, those from lower classes and mature students, elect for qualifications that do not classically allow entry into university, for example, Business and Technology Education Council and Access to Higher Education Diplomas. A solution to this is a university bridging programme. Such a programme was analysed as to whether it prepares different cohorts of students effectively for undergraduate programmes; those who have just missed the entry tariff points but are coming from Advanced levels qualifications, the other coming from non-traditional entry routes. Data from one academic year was anonymised and analysed. Results indicated that students coming from widening participation courses score significantly lower on the programme than those coming from Advanced level awards of any subject. This indicates that vocational and returning to education qualifications fail to prepare students for academia due to being focused on the outcome, rather than the objective, of learning. The study also questions entry tariff point equivalency as it was seen that those with higher points, had non-traditional qualifications, yet performed worse, suggesting entry points cannot be used prognostically.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic preparedness, transition, higher education, foundation level, vocational qualifications, mature students
Subjects: X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 20 May 2021 14:38
Last Modified: 20 May 2021 14:50
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46236

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