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Understanding progression to Higher Education Research Questionnaire

Please read these instructions carefully before answering the questionnaire
1) Please read the instructions for each question carefully before answering.
2) Please check that you have answered all the questions that apply to you.
3) Please use black or blue ink & mark your answer with a cross in the box (X)
4) Completely ‘colour in’ any boxes crossed in error
5) Only write in answers when requested, write clearly (preferably print any text) & do not write outside the boxes provided
All the information you give will be kept completely confidential.
Your responses to the following questions will help us to understand how you make decisions in everyday life. Remember there are no right or wrong answers.
Q1 Are you generally a person who is fully prepared to take risks or do you try to avoid taking risks? Please cross (x) your choice on a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 is not prepared to take risks at all and 10 is fully prepared to take risks.
Q2 Imagine you had won £100,000 in a lottery. Immediately after you collect, you receive the following offer from a reputable bank: there is a chance to double the money you invest within 2 years; it is equally possible you could lose half the amount invested
What share of your lottery winnings would you be prepared to invest in this financially risky, yet lucrative investment? Please put a cross (x) in one box only
Q3 In each row choose which you would prefer, A or B?
Please put a cross (x) in one box for each of the following
Q4 If you had to choose between receiving £100 today or an amount in one year’s time, what amount would you want in one year’s time in place of receiving £100 today?
Please write the amount in the boxes below
Q5 To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following?                                                         Please put a cross (x) in one box for each of the following
In uncertain times, I usually expect the best
It’s easy for me to relax
If something can go wrong for me, it will
I’m always optimistic about my future
I enjoy my friends a lot
It’s important for me to keep busy
I hardly ever expect things to go my way
I don’t get upset too easily
I rarely count on good things happening to me
Overall, I expect more good things to happen to me than bad
I try to manage with the money I have got
Once you are in debt it is very difficult to get out of debt
I would worry a lot if I got into debt
It is okay to be in debt if you can pay it off
You should always save up first before buying something
Debt is a normal part of today’s lifestyle
There is no excuse for borrowing money
I would rather be in debt than change my lifestyle
It is better to have something now and pay for it later
Owing money is basically wrong
Q6 Do you have any children currently studying for a university level qualification, either at university or a further education college? Please put a cross (x) in one box only
Q7 Do you have any children currently applying to study for a university level qualification either at university or a further education college? Please put a cross (x) in one box only
Q8 To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following?                                                         Please put a cross (x) in one box for each of the following
Borrowing money to pay for a university education is a good investment
Student loans are a good thing because it allows students to enjoy university life
Students do not worry about their debts while at university because they will get well-paid jobs when they graduate
It is not worth getting in debt just so you can get a degree
And now a few questions about you….
Q9 What is the highest qualification level you have? Please put a cross (x) in one box only
Q10 What is your gender? Please put a cross (x) in one box only
Q11 What is your postcode? Please write in the boxes below
Q12 What age group are you? Please put a cross (x) in one box only
Q13 Which of the following best describes your ethnic background?
Please put a cross (x) in one box only
Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire. Please return it to your focus group moderator.

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