Higher education outcomes

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Students from comprehensive schools are likely to achieve higher-class degrees at university than independent- and grammar-school students with similar A-Levels and GCSE results, a major study commissioned by the Sutton Trust and the Government shows. This is one of the main findings from a five-year study by the National Foundation for Educational Research tracking 8,000 A-Level students to investigate whether the US-based SAT could be used in university admissions in the UK.
A comprehensive-school student with A-Level grades BBB, for example, is likely to perform as well in their university degree as an independent- or grammar-school student with A-Level grades ABB or AAB – i.e. one to two grades higher. Comprehensive-school pupils also performed better than their similarly qualified independent- and grammar-school counterparts in degrees from the most academically selective universities and across all degree classes, awarded to graduates in 2009.
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