‘I won’t get a good job if I don’t go to university’

A six-year-old, a nine-year-old and a 17-year-old explain why they want to go to university in this short video

October 27 2017
Young children learning in primary school lesson

To mark the launch of new research to find out why young people want to go to university, research specialist Alterline spoke to a six-year-old, a nine-year-old and a 17-year-old about their reasons for planning to enter higher education. 

The three ultimately gave quite similar answers, mostly revolving around expanding learning and increasing job prospects. 

 The full answers can be seen in the video below. 

The study aims to discover what understanding and knowledge young people have of university, at what age they make the decision to attend and who or what influences these decisions.

Alterline will conduct a quantitative survey of 1,500 children and young people aged six to 18 years old. This will be supported by interviews and focus groups.

The study launches this autumn, and the final report will be published next year. 

Read more: Why do students go to university and how do they choose which one?

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