DEBATE: Should universities switch to only offering places based on actual rather than predicted grades?

Dr Graeme Atherton, director of the National Education Opportunities Network and co-author of the report “Post-qualification application: a student-centred model”, says YES.

Going to university is the biggest decision that most young people face. They deserve a university admissions system that helps them make this decision properly. We are the only country in the world where university places are offered on the basis of predicted grades, and more than 80 per cent of these predictions are wrong.


Mo Lovatt, lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries and co-chair of The Great Debate, says NO.

This proposal amounts to little more than tinkering around the edges, trying to find a technical quick-fix to making higher education “fairer”. It highlights the problem with universities today. Read more