ASCL response to Labour plans on university admissions

13/08/2019
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Labour’s plans to reform higher education admissions by implementing a new system of post-qualification admissions
 
Responding to Labour’s plans to reform higher education admissions by implementing a new system of post-qualification admissions, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“It is a good idea to look at moving to a system of post-qualification admissions for university, but it would represent a significant and complex change to our current admissions systems.

“It would be extremely difficult to manage the entire applications process in the few weeks between A-level results in mid-August and the beginning of university terms in September or October, and it is likely that we would need to rethink the entire calendar.

“It might be simpler to return to a system in which AS levels counted towards the first year of the full A-level as this allowed universities to use actual results in considering applications, and for universities to stop the practice of so-called ‘conditional unconditional’ offers – which are unconditional as long as the student makes the university their first choice – simply to put bums on seats.”