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National Citizen Service programme helps pupils get on to uni course.

National Citizen Service programme helps pupils get on to uni course.

Pupils who take part in the National Citizen Service programme are significantly more likely than their peers to be accepted on to a university course, a new report finds

The report, using data from university-admissions service Ucas, concludes that university admissions are determined by more than just exam grades.

Teenagers who had participated in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, which is open to pupils between the ages of 15 and 17, were on average 12 per cent more likely to go on to university than their peers.

The report suggests the impact is greatest among pupils from disadvantaged areas: among these pupils, participants in the programme were almost 50 per cent more likely to enrol in higher education than their classmates.

Michael Lynas, chief executive of the scheme, said that NCS provided young people with “a leg-up by learning vital life skills that can’t be taught in a classroom”.

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