Magazine article Times Higher Education

'Everyone Loses' in the A-Level Waiting Game

Magazine article Times Higher Education

'Everyone Loses' in the A-Level Waiting Game

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Plans for students to apply for university after getting their A- level results have been strongly criticised by an admissions advice group.

In its response to a consultation by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service on post-qualifications applications (PQA), Supporting Professionalism in Admissions said nearly all types of students would be negatively affected by the proposed overhaul.

The SPA response to Ucas' consultation, which closed on 20 January, was drawn up by a steering group led by Sir Steve Smith, vice-chancellor of the University of Exeter.

Other steering-group members include the Academic Registrars Council's Admissions Practitioners Group, Universities UK and the Higher Education Academy.

With the admissions process concentrated in a relatively brief post- results window, many students would struggle to access the right information, advice and guidance, the group said.

Students from poorer families could also be deterred from making aspirational applications to elite universities if they did not have the right support within this short period, SPA said.

Institutions would have less time to consider contextual data beyond a student's exam marks and might also have to cancel summer schools for disadvantaged students, it added. …

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