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Trainees state they do not comprehend university offer-making. This should alter|Julia...

Education is a great leveller, a route for people from disadvantaged backgrounds to improve their lives. We know graduates tend do better and earn more in full-time employment. More 18-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds are going to university than ever before, but they remain three times less likely than those from wealthier backgrounds to do so.…

Predicted grades are a lotto and work versus the poorest trainees....

Along with never having got round to writing down our constitution and having a monarch who legally owns all the swans, one of the things that makes the UK a bit of an outlier is our university admissions system. In other developed nations, university places are awarded to students on the basis of the grades…

Yes, university admissions require an overhaul– however it’s much easier stated...

University admissions arrangements hardly changed at all in the five decades after the introduction of Ucas (then UCCA) in 1961. Before 1961, students applied separately to as many universities as they wished, but there was a clear consensus on the need for a single gateway system instead. Everyone soon became familiar with the routine of…

Aced your A-levels? How modification can use a last-minute upgrade

Adjustment gives students the opportunity to reconsider where and what to study if they have exceeded the conditions of their offer. It could be goodbye back-up choice, hello top-ranking uni. The process is available from A-level results day, 15 August, until 31 August. It’s entirely optional, and many competitive courses will be full, but other…

How to ace a university open day: ‘Strategy your time, and...

It’s always a good idea if you can make an open day, but it’s especially important for students entering through clearing, who might find themselves spending the next three to five years somewhere unexpected. “A large amount of information can be found via websites, but attending the university gives the opportunity to meet the staff…

Cleaning 2019: what trainees can anticipate and how they can be...

This year two factors are set to shape the clearing process: a birthrate dip in the early 2000s means there are fewer 18 year-olds in the UK than in previous years; and universities are looking to recruit more students. This means it’s an ideal time for savvy students to shop around, even if they’ve already…

University isn’t for everybody …

Since it’s likely you’ll walk away with £50,000 of debt, it’s worth seeing what other options are available before you agree to university and start drawing down on that student loan. Apprenticeships remain a popular option, with 375,800 starts in the 2017/18 academic year, according to government figures. Ryehan Amir, 20, took up an accountancy…

Britain’s university uses system is unsuited for function and requires changing|Graeme...

The decision regarding which university to go to and which course to choose is the biggest that most young people will have faced in their lives, and it’s made even more significant for those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by the eye-watering debt most will accumulate. They need the support to help choose the…

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