Research within Higher Education in the United Kingdom has reported conflicting findings when investigating the relationship between undergraduate entry routes and gender, with successful performances across the degree cycle. This paper adds to this body of knowledge and examines the relationship between entry routes and gender on student outcomes in a sport related degree at an UK HE institution. Students’ demographic data, entry qualifications and grade point averages (GPAs) across the 3-year degree programme were retrospectively analysed. In relation to entry routes the findings of this study revealed that no significant difference existed between entry level qualifications and all outcomes measures. Indicating that although entry routes into HE may differ this did not impact on student success for those who completed the programme. Further findings revealed significant differences (p < 0.05) between genders, in that females outperformed their male counterparts at levels 5, 6 dissertation and final GPA. Additionally, females were also more likely to achieve a first degree qualification. This study adds further weight to findings which have shown gender differences but in contrast adds to the complexity of predicting successful performances from entry qualifications.
Huntley, T., Whitehead, A., Cullinane, D., Nixon, S., & Huntley, E. (2017). Investigating relationships between and within entry pathways on a sport related programme and the degree outcome obtained. Cogent Education, 4, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/2331186X.2016.1276665