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Universities to Offer Places After A-Level Results

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Vice-chancellors in the UK have given their backing to overhaul the higher education admissions process, which would see students applying to university after A-level results are released.

The policy change is to be implemented to make the admissions process fairer by removing the use of predicted grades, which are seen as largely unreliable. Even the Department for Education (DfE) described the current use of predicted grades as "damaging", as it encourages students to accept a place which may not be in their best interest.

The proposed change would see students having longer to choose their university, whilst institutions would only make an offer once an applicant's grades are known in August. However, there are still concerns as the application process would be condensed into a comparatively short time frame, whilst there will be knock-on effects for school and university timetables.

Jo Grady, general secretary of the University and College Union, said: "The current system is based on inaccurately predicted results and leads to those from less affluent backgrounds losing out. Allowing students to apply after they receive their results will help level the playing field and put a stop to the chaotic clearing scramble."

Further consultation on the changes will now take place, albeit the new rules could be introduced as early as 2023-24.