Analysis of Level 3 Qualifications and Destinations

This project analysed students' choices and transitions at two different levels of education. Firstly it examined the transitions from KS4 to KS5 for GCSE achievers, examining the choices between vocational (mainly BTECs, but also apprenticeships, subject to data availability) and A-level subjects. Secondly, it considered transitions and educational paths after Level 3 qualifications (BTECs and A-levels).

The main research question addressed the differences and similarities between students choosing different types of educational institutions (namely further education colleges, higher education institutions and post-1992 universities), taking into account previous achievements in Level 2 qualifications.