Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Required A-Level Subjects for Top Universities 'Too Narrow'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Required A-Level Subjects for Top Universities 'Too Narrow'

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Byline: Anna Davis

THE list of A-level subjects that top universities favour when deciding which students to admit is too narrow, Michael Gove has indicated.

Britain's leading institutions employ a list of tough subjects they value the highest. Ministers have emphasised the importance of these "facilitating subjects" -- which include English, maths, science, humanities and languages -- as they are seen as necessary to study at the Russell Group of top British universities.

But an A-level student studying economics challenged the Education Secretary about the list, which has controversially become a school league table measure.

Kiki Ifalaye, 17, of Queen Elizabeth's School in Barnet, told Mr Gove that students would avoid choosing economics because it was not on the list, even though it was a rigorous A-level. The student said: "Because economics is not a facilitating subject it inclines students to steer away from it. [The list] doesn't take into consideration their skills and individuality and aspirations. …

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