Poorer students’ subject choices may be putting them at a disadvantage, study finds | Fran Abrams


Students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds may be held back by their A-level subject choices when applying for prestigious courses such as law at leading universities, new findings suggest.

As part of her doctoral work at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS),  at the UCL Institute of Education, Catherine Dilnot analysed information on all English students who entered UK universities with three A-levels in 2010, 2011 and 2012 – nearly 475,000 in total – to find out how those doing certain A-levels fared in the competition for a university place.

Those taking A-levels in…

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