IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this article

The Determinants of Undertaking Academic and Vocational Qualifications in the United Kingdom

Listed author(s):
  • Gavan Conlon
Registered author(s):

    There is a vast body of research that has focused on the determinants of qualification attainment and staying on in post-compulsory education Generally, those with a higher measure of innate ability are more likely to undertake additional qualifications or remain in full-time education than those with lower levels of measured ability. However, little research has specifically focused on the determinants of the type of qualification attained or questioned why a specific path of qualification attainment has been adopted in the first place. This paper illustrates the fact that innate ability does not determine the path of qualification attainment, especially at low levels of qualification. It is actually the case that combinations of regional, other personal and family characteristics are influential in the adoption of the academic or vocational route.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Education Economics.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 299-313

    in new window

    Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:13:y:2005:i:3:p:299-313
    DOI: 10.1080/09645290500073787
    Contact details of provider: Web page:

    Order Information: Web:

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:13:y:2005:i:3:p:299-313. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Chris Longhurst)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.