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Education Beyond School: A Digest

Participation by young adults (aged about 18-21) in higher education has significantly increased in the last twenty years (first published 1989) and the growth has been particularly marked in the non-university sector of polytechnics and colleges.

But it remains only a relatively small proportion of this age group who enter higher education, and, despite the steady increase in enrolments of older, mature, students, it is unusual for an older adult to become a degree student.

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