Teaching university modules in sixth forms: The shifting boundaries of post-compulsory education?

David Hall, Harold Thomas

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Post-compulsory education in the UK is growing in complexity. A little explored feature of this complexity is the development of collaborative arrangements between higher education institutions and providers of sixth form education under which students can study university modules whilst pursuing their sixth form studies. This article reports the findings of a recent project designed to explore the feasibility of such arrangements. A range of existing provision is identified focusing on both academic high achievers and students from socio-economic groups that are currently underrepresented in higher education. The article reviews such arrangements in the context of government policy, the changing nature of sixth form and higher education, and the boundaries that have been drawn between what have traditionally been viewed as separate elements of the English and Welsh education systems. It considers the impact of such provision on the two main groups of students studied and highlights some of the issues arising out of these partnerships between higher education and sixth form institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-193
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Education Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004


  • Collaboration
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Sector boundaries
  • Sixth form


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