University of Manchester

Project Description

Educational Attainment in Relation to Socio-Economic Group

Project Abstract

If education is the key to achieving a better standard of living, or improving ones social standing, why are there still lower social classes in a society which provides free, compulsory education to the age of 16? Not only this but the majority of lower social classes are actually choosing to terminate their institutional education at earlier stages than middle and upper classes. If education is paramount to changing this situation what problems are failing to be addressed by the government?

To examine this question further I will initially focus on establishing what the key constituents of British social class structure are. It is clear that lower social classes do not value education in the same way as middle and upper classes by following into higher education just by looking at participation figures. The key is determining why higher education is not seen as the next step for students from lower classes. I intend to look at both access to higher education, and applications to attend higher education, as it is important to acknowledge that there is a difference.

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