All potential students could be made to apply to university AFTER they get their A-levels with results moved earlier and the start of the academic year delayed under proposals from watchdog
Office for Students suggested scrapping predicted grades and university offersPost-qualification scheme would also tackle the rise of ‘attainment offers’ madeOfS added the current system did ‘not always work in the interests of students’
University hopefuls could be forced to wait until they receive their A-level grades before applying for a course under radical plans from a watchdog.
The Office for Students has suggested scrapping predicted grades and pre-qualification unconditional offers.
A post-qualification scheme would also tackle the rise of ‘attainment offers’ whereby pupils only need to gain low A-level grades such as two Es to secure places.
The OfS said the current system did ‘not always work in the interests of students’ who may not select the universities and courses best suited to them.
University hopefuls could be forced to wait until they receive their A-level grades before applying for a course under radical plans from a watchdog (stock image)
Other proposals included cracking down on ‘false marketing’ and ‘inducements’ to students such as offering cash or promises of accommodation in return for signing up to courses.
Institutions could also be asked to sign up to a code of practice that systematically offers lower grades to disadvantaged students.
Universities minister Michelle Donelan yesterday welcomed the admissions review, saying it would ‘be instrumental in helping assess how the system can be improved’.
It came as a separate report from think-tank, the Higher Education Policy Institute called on the Government to introduce an allowance to ensure the first year of a degree was free for students whose parents had not attended university.
The OfS consultation suggested either saving university offers until after a pupil had received their A-level results, or delaying the whole application process until post-results day.