ASCL responds to UCAS research on degree choices

25/03/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on UCAS research about student degree choices and access to information and advice in school.
 
Commenting on UCAS research about student degree choices and access to information and advice in school, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“We agree that every pupil should have access to high-quality careers information and advice in helping them to choose degree courses, apprenticeships and careers.
 
“Unfortunately, the government dismantled national careers advice services in 2012 and left schools and colleges to pick up the pieces while squeezing their budgets.
 
“Matters have improved since then through various initiatives but government support is characteristically piecemeal and inadequate.
 
“And many universities have not helped by the use of inappropriate unconditional offers which incentivise students to take courses that may not be the best choice for them.
 
“Primary schools are well aware of the importance of careers education – research published by the Department for Education in 2018 showed that 96% of primary schools were offering tailored career activities to pupils.
 
“It would be great to provide more careers advice and information but schools and colleges do need to be sufficiently supported and funded to deliver that aspiration.”