Annual Report: Options 2017

The Options 2017 annual report presents findings from a survey of over 11,000 students aged 16+ sharing their perceptions of the options available to them after school, college and university.

The report looks at the motivations behind their choices, the usefulness of information to support their decision-making journeys and how they feel during this important transformation process. 

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Key takeaways include: 

  • STEM is a popular subject choice with 52% of student considering studying a STEM subject at university; but further work is still to be done to engage more female students

  • Increasing tuition fees and student debt remain key barriers for students choosing not to go to university 

  • Females were generally less confident than males about the world of work

  • Although the male-dominated perception of apprenticeships still persists, the views of respondents this year appeared to have shifted towards a more gender-neutral stance