Teenagers in England are having to make choices about university on the basis of too little information, a report by the Public Accounts Committee warns (reports BBC Education).
The PAC report says this is due “in large part to insufficient and inconsistent careers advice”.
It also says students have limited redress if they are unhappy with the quality of courses and that shorter and part-time courses have not emerged. The government says a review of higher education will address such issues.
The report says it’s “deeply concerning” that most students in England don’t have the advice they need to make an informed decision.
“The substantial financial commitment required and wide variation in outcomes from higher education mean prospective students need high-quality advice and support to make decisions that are right for them,” it says.
“The complexity of the market and the volume of information available makes it difficult for prospective students, most of whom are teenagers, to assess the quality and suitability of higher education institutions.”