Annual Report: Options 2018

For Options 2018/2019, we’ve collected responses from over 10,000 UK students aged 16+ to share their views on the pathway choices available to them and their expectations for the future.

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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. 

Key takeaways include: 

  • Those from widening participation backgrounds were more likely to limit their university choices based on the cost of living
  • Parents and family members are key influencers throughout the journey, regardless of the pathway, and even beyond higher education into graduate employment
  • Increasing tuition fees and student debt remain key barriers for students choosing not to go to university
  • Regardless of the route taken after school or college, respondents were equally confident their chosen path would lead to their dream job

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