A-level students face frantic scramble to get university places under Labour plans

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STUDENTS could face a four-week frantic scramble to get a university place under Labour plans to massively overhaul the admissions process.

Jeremy Corbyn wants to tear up the current system of unis giving out offers six months early based on student’s predicted grades.

Students may face a frantic scramble to certify university placements under new Labour plans
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Instead, pupils would only be given a spot after they have their A Level results, in August.

Labour claim the plan, announced ahead of A Level results day on Thursday would help poor and ethnic minority students because they often outperform their predicted results.

But education experts warned the massive shake-up risks wreaking chaos as unis have to dish out a whopping 700,000 places in a matter of weeks.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said: “Predicted grades are wrong in the vast majority of cases, and disadvantaged students in particular are losing out on opportunities on the basis of those inaccurate predictions.

Students are losing out on opportunities on the basis of those inaccurate predictions


Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner

“A Labour government will deliver the reform that is needed, implementing a new system of post-qualification admissions by the end of our first term in office.”

But the universities admissions service UCAS said the plan would massively backfire unless school term dates were also totally changed.

UCAS boss Clare Marchant said they carried out a review into a similar proposal in 2012.

But it found that “introduced wholesale within the current timetables, it would be likely to significantly disadvantage underrepresented and disabled students, unless secondary and/or university calendars changed”.


She added: “Young people need their teachers’ support when making application choices, and this isn’t readily available to all at the scale required when schools and colleges are closed during August.

“Once students have a place, they need time to find accommodation, finalise their financial support, and to prepare for their studies.”

A Department for Education spokesman said record numbers of disadvantaged youngsters are going to university.

Jeremy Corbyn wants to tear up the current system of universities giving out offers six months early based on predicted grades
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