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Review Launched Into Post-Qualification Admissions

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The Office for Students (Ofs) has launched a review into the admissions system that could result in personal statements and predicted exam grades being scrapped from the application process.

The university regulator is to consider whether post-qualification admissions (PQA) would be fairer to prospective students. Options include saving university offers until after a student has received their A-level grades or delaying the application process altogether until after results day.

Sir Michael Barber, chair of the OfS, said: "We want to use our powers to convene, to consult and to discuss how we can arrive at a system of admissions where the interests of all students are paramount."

The review will investigate the use of marketing incentives offered to students when they may be particularly vulnerable, as well as the use of unconditional offers.

Sir Michael added: "There is widespread recognition that certain aspects of the current admissions system are not working and may be especially unfair on students from disadvantaged backgrounds."

Separately Universities UK is carrying out a review into admissions, which will also consider whether students should be offered places after they have received their results.

It's been long understood that predicated grades are often poor indicators of final results and while Scotland has a form of PQA, England, Wales and Northern Ireland are alone in the developed world in using predicted grades to decide university offers.