A-levels: AAB restrictions?

August 22, 2012, 2:03 PM GMT+0

39% Brits say right to lift AAB student Uni entry restrictions; 29% say wrong, as Clearing continues

Two fifths of the British public think the Government was right to remove restrictions this year on how many students with AAB grades can be accepted into University, our poll shows, while over a quarter think this is the wrong course of action.

Regardless of whether they believe it is wrong or right, more than a third feels this change will make no difference to university standards.

  • 39% think the Government is right to remove restrictions on the number of AAB students a university could take, while 29% think the Government is wrong to remove these restrictions
  • 36% say it will make no difference to the standards of university education
  • 26% think new proposals will increase standards in university and help drive competition
  • 15% think the proposals will decrease university standards by creating a two-tier system of university education

The Government has argued that the changes, which will allow Universities to prioritise entry for students with AAB grades, would help drive competition and standards in university education, as well as benefitting up to 85,000 high-achieving students during Clearing. Several Universities have said that they will provide scholarships for students with AAB grades, and are prioritising students with those results at Clearing.

However, critics argue that these changes will create a two-tier system of university education and create difficulties for students who score below the threshold.

A day after A-level results were published, UCAS revealed that there were still almost 80,000 people waiting to hear whether they had been accepted into University.

See the survey details and full results here (page 9+)