The numbers of students starting university courses after studying BTECs is rising. However, these students are less likely to graduate with a top degree than their peers who took A levels, according to a new study. The report argues that there are still misconceptions about the abilities and qualifications of those who choose to study alternatives to A levels. The University of Sheffield, which carried out the research, said it is “crucial” that these misconceptions are challenged to ensure that higher education is open to all. Read More.