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Universities in the UK accept more students with low grades

Posted on February 7, 2019
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The Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS) recently released a report. It stated that the number of students with low grades being accepted in UK Universities is at the highest in 2018.

As per the report, 84% of the students who had CCC grades at the A level have been admitted in the UK Universities. The number has gone up by 5% since 2013. 80% of students with DDD grades at the A level also received admission in the UK Universities.

In the Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) schools too, the trend is similar. The acceptance rate of students who have obtained 3 BTEC passes has risen from 50% in 2013 to 70% in 2018.

The controversy gaining ground in the UK is that students are guaranteed a higher education place. This is irrespective of whatever scores they achieve. Another UCAS analysis pointed out that the number of “unconditional offers” is at a record high.

The UCAS analysis indicated that students whose grades were predicted to be low were made unconditional offers. It was also found that students who held such offers often missed their grade profile.

The recent UCAS report stated that students who missed their predicted A level grades have gone up by 3.3% since 2017. The number of students has increased by 11.5% since 2013.

Students with low grades who have received admission have a marked difference between their predicted and achieved scores.

Critics believe that Universities are under stress to maintain tuition income. Hence they are admitting far too many students with low grades.

Chief Executive of UCAS, Clare Marchant, said that many students were admitted on the basis of interviews and personal statements. She also said that students with low grades should receive adequate support during their University course. Only then can these students do well in the courses that they have chosen.

Ms Marchant also added that the UCAS is working with educational institutions to improve the accuracy of the predicted scores.

The UCAS report also stated that the number of 18-year olds enrolling for higher education continues to rise in the UK. However, some regions have seen a decrease in the entry rates due to the hike in tuition fee.

The East of England saw a drop of 0.1% to 0.7% in the number of 18-year olds enrolling for higher education. The Humber and Yorkshire also saw a similar drop, as per The Guardian.

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