49% of teens put off by £9,000 fee
Almost half of teenagers are less likely to apply to university because of the tuition fee increase, with many considering other education options, a poll suggests.
Nearly a third of those questioned (29 per cent) are looking at training such as vocational qualifications (VQ) or apprenticeships, rather than a degree, according to a survey by City & Guilds.
One in four (24 per cent) plan to go straight into a job, with 16 per cent looking for an internship or work experience and 16 per cent considering a gap year.
The poll, released to mark VQ Day, questioned more than 1,000 14-19 year olds about their attitudes to qualifications and university.
The findings show that 49 per cent will be less likely to apply for degree courses because of the Government's plans to raise tuition fees to a maximum of £9,000 from next year.
Two in five (40 per cent) still believe having a degree is better than a VQ when it comes to finding a job. But nearly a third (30 per cent) believe a VQ is equally as valuable as a degree for finding work.
Chris Jones, chief executive and director general of City & Guilds, said: "With the escalating cost of fees, high graduate unemployment and concerns that universities may have to cut spaces, people will naturally consider other progression routes such as apprenticeships and vocational courses.
"However, the issue remains that university is still seen as superior, even though many are suited to, and therefore should pursue, more hands-on learning. Practical, work-based learning provides a valuable career progression route and gives learners the skills and confidence to succeed."
:: The survey questioned 1,035 14-19 year olds.