Vice-chancellors back university offers going out after A-level results

Vice-chancellors have given their backing to a radical overhaul of higher education admissions, which would mean UK students will only be offered places at university once they have their A-level results.

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The long-awaited policy change is intended to make the system fairer by eliminating the use of predicted grades, which are often unreliable, and will bring the UK into line with other countries. Universities said it could be introduced as early as 2023/4.

The vice-chancellors’ endorsement of a post-qualifications admissions (PQA) model came after an 18-month review by their representative body, Universities UK (UUK), but debate has raged in the sector for many years.

Under the current system, sixth formers apply to university in January using grades predicted by their teachers, before sitting A-levels in late spring and accepting university offers in June. Results are published in August, meaning those who missed out

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