Students are changing their education plans due to uncertainty around the current pandemic – with more than one-third wondering if it is worth going to university at all.

A study of 1,000 college and sixth-form pupils found concerns around finances, family and their future in general had led to four in 10 changing their mind about their upcoming higher education.

Prior to lockdown, 37 per cent of these had planned to go to university but are now looking at other options, while one-tenth are questioning their choice to take a gap year

More than one in 10 are also re-evaluating whether they should stick with their decision to defer their education.