Unexpected benefits of pre-university skills training for A-level students

Jones, H. L., Gaskell, E. H., Prendergast, J. R. and Bavage, A. D. (2017) Unexpected benefits of pre-university skills training for A-level students. Educational Studies, 43 (1). pp. 67-70. ISSN 0305-5698

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Abstract

First-year undergraduates can find the transition from the prescriptive learning environment at school to one of self-directed learning at university, a considerable challenge. A Pre-university Skills Course (PSC) was developed to address this issue by preparing sixth formers for the university learning style. It was piloted with students in the year prior to A-level examinations at a selective state-funded school in East Anglia. The present paper examines the effect of the course on the students’ A-level tariff. Chi-squared analysis of A-level grades of students with comparable GCSE results, indicate that students who undertook the PSC performed significantly better in their A-level results than those who did not. These data demonstrate how skills training might improve A-level performance and assist in the transition to university.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: transition,a-level,skills,pre-university,university
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2016 15:00
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2020 23:41
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59697
DOI: 10.1080/03055698.2016.1245601

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