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Social origins, school type and higher education destinations

Sullivan, A; Parsons, S; Wiggins, R; Heath, A; Green, F; (2014) Social origins, school type and higher education destinations. Oxford Review of Education , 40 (6) pp. 739-763. 10.1080/03054985.2014.979015. Green open access

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Abstract

To what extent and why do social origins matter for access to higher education, including access to elite universities? What is the role of private and selective schooling? This paper uses the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) to analyse the trajectories of a generation currently in early middle age. We find that the influence of social origins, especially parental education, remains when both a wide range of cognitive measures and school attainment are controlled. Attending a private school is powerfully predictive of gaining a university degree, and especially a degree from an elite institution, while grammar schooling does not appear to confer any advantage.

Type: Article
Title: Social origins, school type and higher education destinations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2014.979015
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2014.979015
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Oxford Review of Education on 27/11/2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03054985.2014.979015.
Keywords: schools, inequalities, Higher Education, qualifications, cognition, longitudinal, BCS70
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473725
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