FE to HE Transitions

Recent research from the University of Westminster has shown up some of the prevailing attitudes of students who have entered University by non-traditional routes.

Reported in Phoenix, it shows that many students :

  • had few plans for their future
  • had low levels of awareness about University and were not proactive about seeking assistance
  • viewed themselves negatively and often felt they were incapable of going to University
  • although aware of the advice and guidance available at University, did not see themselves as potential users of it
  • saw themselves as needing to rely on their personal resources and hard work rather than making use of support services

As it might be viewed that these are precisely the kind of students who should be making the most use of students services such as careers advice, these findings make interesting reading.