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8. Based on surveys with RO survey participants across Cohorts 1 to 6 who were attending RO partner institutions (N=139)

Figure 4 Proportion of RO students in HE, and at RIUs, compared with HEAT

comparator group

Source: HEAT

RO participants in HE who had successfully passed the

programme were much more likely to be studying at

RIUs than those who did not pass RO – 57% and 26%

respectively.

Examination of the A-level performance of RO participants

(for Cohorts 3 to 6) demonstrates that those who attended

RO Partner universities have lower average grades than

their counterparts who attended other RIUs. This reflects

the alternative (lower) offers made by RO Partner universities

to RO participants.

The alternative offer has an impact on university attendance

for a large proportion of students, as 58% of RO participants

who were at RO Partner universities felt they would not have

obtained their place without the alternative offer

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their achieved UCAS tariffs were two grades lower than those

who would have obtained their place without the alternative

offer.

These findings suggest that as many as 430 students from

Cohorts 1 to 6 who studied or are studying at RO Partner

universities, out of a total of 750 who are attending or

attended RO Partner universities, might not have obtained

their place without the alternative offer, and thus this one

element of the programme has helped 430 students from

disadvantaged backgrounds to study at a RIU.

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RO students Comparator group RO students Comparator group

RO students Comparator group

Cohort 4 – HE entry within 2 years Cohort 5 - HE entry within 2 years Cohort 6 - Immediate entry

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