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Wed, 11 Mar 2009

Mike Baker, the BBCs Education Correspondent, again has an interesting this week about changes to university admissions. In essence the government wants to move towards universities offering places based upon a student's actual grades, rather than predicted grades (which aren't that accurate). In a half-hearted move we now have a 5-day "adjustment period" in which students who performed better than expected have the option of "upgrading" and applying elsewhere. This sounds all very good in theory, but as Mike outlines the likely net effect (because "good" universities are already full) is that there will be no change other than getting the hopes up of many students.

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