Part-time students ‘left behind’ by full-time ‘grade inflation’

Part-time students in the UK are significantly less likely to graduate with a first or 2:1 than their full-time classmates, with the gap widening dramatically in recent years. Times Higher Education reports.

There has been widespread concern about grade inflation among full-time students, of whom 76 per cent got a “good” degree in 2017-18 – up from about half little more than two decades ago.

However, according to figures published by Advance HE, the proportion of part-time students leaving with the top two classifications has barely moved in the past few years.

Claire Callender, professor of higher education studies at the UCL Institute of Education and Birkbeck, University of London, said the figures probably reflected part-time students being more likely to be from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“What research strongly suggests is that final degree grades are associated with prior attainment and what we know is that the profile of prior attainment for full-time and part-time students is very different, especially for younger part-time students,” she said.

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