Educational inequality in the UK is a reality. Despite sustained efforts to widen participation, HEFCE data indicates that the absolute disparities in Higher Education participation between advantaged and disadvantaged areas remain large. Advantaged 18 year-olds are two and half times more likely to enter higher education and six times more likely to study at a university that has high entry requirements, than disadvantaged 18 year-olds. It has been established beyond doubt that GCSE attainment and ethnic profile are not the only barriers for poor social mobility of young people into HE.
young school goers ‘not likely at all’ to ever apply to a university
feel financial barrier was not the main reason for not applying to university
do not have access to any form of careers advice
did not want to study for a science degree