ASCL comment on the UCAS 30 June deadline data release for the 2022 application cycle

14/07/2022
Kevin Gilmartin, Post-16 Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the UCAS 30 June deadline data release for the 2022 application cycle.
 
“We are very pleased that there are record numbers of university applications this year from disadvantaged students. It is a reflection of how much support has been given to them by school and college leaders, teachers and support staff. We hope that the high number of applications get turned into actual offers and acceptances, and that the gap between the most disadvantaged students receiving places at the most competitive universities, compared with their more advantaged peers, starts to reduce.
 
“We are also watching the number of T level students who end up in university with real interest. If T level students are going to end up in university in large numbers, and not in further technical training, then it brings into question why BTECs are being defunded. After all, the government’s main argument for scrapping BTECs in order to introduce T levels, is that too many BTEC students end up in university rather than technical training. The government can’t have it both ways.”