Posted on Friday, 27 March 2015 at 2pm
by Tony Ellis. See more of my posts here.
Researchers at the University of Oxford, working in partnership with the Sutton Trust, have recently published a report with the hefty title Subject Background: What Promotes Better Achievement for Bright but Disadvantaged Students?
This highlights the extent to which choice of subject at ‘A’ Level can restrict what students may go on to study at university. It points to the dilemma of those who, for example, want to opt for a science degree yet find that they have not chosen the ‘A’ Levels in Maths or the sciences that are needed to take that pathway in Higher Education.
This is an issue that we are well aware of at Leeds and we have a programme – Studies in Science – that is specifically designed to address it. This is one of our extended degrees in which students take a Foundation Year with the Lifelong Learning Centre before progressing to a degree in Maths or the sciences elsewhere in the University.
The Foundation Year is geared towards students who have not taken the required disciplines at ‘A’ Level (or equivalent) and provides an intensive and very well-supported grounding in the subjects that students need to begin science or mathematics degrees. To find out more, please click here.