According to the BBC, nearly half of young people were given a place at university this year with A-level grades lower than the advertised entry requirements, new figures show.
The admissions service, Ucas, says 49% of 18-year-olds in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, who sat at least three A-levels, were accepted with lower grades than those advertised.
In its end-of-cycle report for 2019, Ucas says that 60% of applicants from the most disadvantaged backgrounds were accepted on to courses with A-level grades below the advertised requirements.
“Findings from the 2019 cycle suggest that applicants should not be deterred from applying to courses with challenging entry requirements,” the Ucas report says.
“Universities and colleges frequently accept applicants who perform below their entry requirements. Encouragingly, this is most often experienced by disadvantaged applicants.”
Ucas says that while disadvantaged students were 61% more likely to enter university now than 10 years ago, more needs to be done to raise awareness.
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