Universities must ditch the crystal ball – as it stands, the admissions process is failing disadvantaged students
Hunched over on dirty stairs, surrounded by other students either crying or squealing, I struggled to open the envelope because my hands were shaking so much. The page inside listed grades of A, A and B. It took me several long, confused seconds to process that these were my A-level results. Just two years earlier, I’d been told me to expect – and apply to university on the basis of getting – CCD.
The University and College Union (UCU) has this week called for an end to university applications being based on predicted grades. Research by UCL’s Institute of Education back in 2016 found that over three years, 84% of predictions for three A-levels or equivalent had been inaccurate.
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