School Subject Choice And Inequalities in Higher Education Entry


It is well known that there are social inequalities in entry to higher education and that these are associated with poor academic performance amongst more disadvantaged young people. However, attainment is not the whole story.

AQMeN researchers, Prof. Cristina Iannelli and Dr. Markus Klein, will discuss findings from their recent research on the role of school subject choice in Scotland.

In this study, they examined social inequalities in subjects studied in secondary education and the link between school subject choices and inequalities in entering higher education. By comparing the Scottish and the Irish education systems they were able to show how different school examinations and entry requirements in higher education shape social inequalities in entering higher education. The results of this research demonstrate that more attention should be paid to the importance of school subject choice in reproducing social-class differences in Scotland.

At this participative event, there will be ample time for discussion about what this research means for practice and policy. The seminar will be followed by a networking lunch.

This event will be of interest to policy makers and analysts, representatives of the school and higher education sectors, local authority representatives, third sector organisations and researchers interested in inequalities in education.

We are particularly keen to hear about how these findings and our broader research programme could be of use to you.

Read our recent Research Briefing ‘Subject choice and inequalities in access to Higher Education: Comparing Scotland and Ireland.’

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 09:00 to 12:00
AQMeN and Moray House School of Education
Room G21, Paterson’s Land, Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ

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