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4. What did RO participants get out of

the programme?

There have now been nine annual cohorts of students participating in the RO programme since its launch in 2009.

Some questions in the Baseline survey are repeated in the Follow-up survey so that responses can be compared to

measure the impact of the programme on participants, and additional questions in the Follow-up survey ask respondents

to consider the impact that participation has had on them.

Preparedness for university

Based on their responses at the Follow-up survey conducted

towards the end of Year 13 compared with those at the

Baseline survey at the start of the programme, RO

participants in Cohort 8 felt significantly more prepared

for many aspects of university life as a result of their

participation in RO.

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88% knew more about how to apply to university

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72% knew more about the differences between course

options

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70% had more understanding of what a RIU is

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68% had more understanding of the costs and financial

support available for university

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65% knew more about how university study compares

with school

Figure 1 Proportion of Cohort 8 students whose awareness of university aspects

increased between the start and end of the RO programme

Source: Cohort 8 Follow-up survey linked with Baseline survey

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% of students with increased awareness

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20 30

40 50 60 70 80 90

How to apply to university

88

Differences between course options

72

What a RIU is

70

Costs/financial support for university

68

How uni study compares to school

65

Differences between universities

63

Best universities for subjects

61

What the subjects of interest involve

60

How to find out about courses

58

How to get into chosen career

57

What student life is like

57

How to find out about different universities

54

Future career options/choices

44