The main risk factors for non-progression at third level are the following*:
- Low prior educational achievement, i.e., low CAO points.
- Being male
- Being from a lower socioeconomic group
- Studying on a course in construction or ICT
When all of the above arise together, you have the perfect storm and high non-progression rates are almost inevitable. So if we want to tackle high non-progression rates, we need to target those students about whom some or all of the above statements can be made. The entire system doesn’t need to be radically overhauled.