Accessing HE for non-traditional students: ‘Outside of my position’
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Widening participation within higher education and increasing social mobility have been high on the agendas of former and current governments. This paper examines the admissions procedure of a Foundation degree in Early Years programme using Bourdieu's concept of capital as a vehicle for analysis. During the process of an admissions interview, the interviewer is required to make decisions regarding a student's suitability to fit into the existing field of the programme as they often feel it is outside of their position. The stories of three non-traditional students are explored to highlight existing capital and dispositions that they bring to the programme. Research findings showed that there are many variables that impact on a student's ability to gain entry and be successful on an HE programme, including accumulation of capital, emotional drivers and potential to acquire capital throughout the programme. © 2014 Further Education Research Association.
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