Uni admissions could scrap use of predicted grades
Applications to university could switch to after pupils get their A-level results, says watchdog.Cost of train fares to open days decides university choices The watchdog points out that in 75% of cases, pupils did not make the grades predicted by schools. There have already been warnings from education ministers to reduce"unconditional offers", when universities recruit students with offers of places regardless of exam grades. There has been concern about a lack of transparency over how"contextual" offers operate, where a disadvantaged candidate might be offered a place with lower grades. And the watchdog also highlighted the discrepancy between the required grades advertised by universities and often much lower grades which were really needed to get places. There have been warnings that"personal statements" - where students write about their own interests in a course - can be skewed towards those who get the most help from parents or teachers. Sir Michael said the admissions process"may be especially unfair on students from disadvantaged backgrounds". The watchdog has set out three options for reform: Universities would not make offers until pupils had received their A-level results. But applications could be made in advance, as at present. Applications would not be made until students had their A-level results. Pupils could have visited universities and registered an interest, but would not make a final choice on applying until they knew their exam grades. Keep the current timetable broadly unchanged, but take more account of disadvantages facing some pupils, reconsider the use of personal statements and have more transparency over required grades Delaying applications or offers until exam results are known would mean changing the current timetable - either taking A-levels or publishing results earlier or starting the university term later. But it would also remove the need for information used as a proxy for exam results - such as predicted grades, personal statements and references. Unconditional offers would also no longer be needed and students would not have to make multiple applications dependent on results they might or might not achieve. Jo Grady, leader of the UCU lecturers' union, said there was"growing support for a shift to a fairer admissions system, where students apply to university after they have received their results". "This review is the opportunity for us to finally move to a system where university offers are based on actual achievement rather than unreliable estimates of potential." Claire Sosienski Smith, of the National Union of Students, said:"It has been clear that for some time the admissions system has not been working in the interest of students, so it is good to see that the OfS is taking action." But Clare Marchant, head of Ucas, which runs the admissions service, said they were already"exploring how the timetable of offer-making could be improved" and how to get more reliable grade predictions. A different approach to creating more open access to university is proposed by the Higher Education Policy Institute. To remove financial barriers for disadvantage, the think tank suggests anyone in the first generation of a family to go to university should not have to pay tuition fees in the first year, with the government picking up the cost. The watchdog will publish its findings after the admissions review ends in May, but universities are independent bodies, and changes to admissions cannot be imposed on them. But the review has the backing of Universities Minister Michelle Donelan who said it was vital that admissions processes were"transparent and work in students' best interests". She said the review would be"instrumental in helping assess how the system can be improved". Related Topics Read more: BBC News (UK)
Good 👍🏼 The Uni system is not working. Churning out young people who have been indoctrinated with left wing 'thinking', full of hate and false expectations, cannot think critically and are largely unprepared for the workplace. I’m from New Zealand and grew up with this system. I think predicted marks are ridiculous. Everyone should be ranked on their actual performance and not someone’s prediction of it. Wherever predictions are used they are subject to error. It simple isn’t fair.
Hallelujah , a bit a common sense at last !l Step by step UK universities are destroying the values that built their reputations in the first place. University should be for the brightest 15-20%. Too many average people go into higher education nowadays. More people should be learning trades instead of pointless degrees.
Why you don't expose Indian government waht they doing with Muslim? Whatever next! This will lead to chaos as actual grades achieved will determine who gets admitted! It’s anarchy!!
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