COSMO – The Class of 2023

Think tank: The Sutton Trust

Author(s): Xin Shao

August 10, 2023

This report from UK think tank the Sutton Trust looks at opportunities and university plans.

The Class of 2023, who took A Level exams and other qualifications this summer, have reached a critical moment of transition: many are making decisions with long-lasting consequences for their future paths after compulsory education. With the release of A Level results and university admissions decisions this month, one of the key areas of interest is their higher education plans. In this analysis, the first to use data from the second wave of the COSMO (COVID Social Mobility & Opportunities) study, we explore some crucial aspects of how the Class of 2023 see their futures planning out and made their university plans based on this.