TES is reporting that recent figures have revealed that less students with higher BTEC grades are being accepted into university than previous years.
The growth in students being admitted to university with higher grades at BTEC has been thrown into reverse, new figures show. The number of students holding equivalent to ABB or higher at BTEC being accepted to university fell from 46,230 last year to 45,910 this year. This follows typical annual increases of 4,000 in recent years, admissions body UCAS has said.
The drop in high-performing BTEC students going to university comes two years after changes limiting which vocational qualifications could be included in school performance measures came into effect.
For example, vocational qualifications such as BTECs no longer count as more than one GCSE.
Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS’ chief executive said: “While vocational qualifications such as BTEC have been important drivers of widening participation in recent years, I also welcome the stability of A level numbers this year, despite the slight shift to lower grade profiles.
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