Seven in ten students who get less than DDD at A-level graduate from university with top degrees, report finds

Universities have been warned over degree class inflation as an analysis reveals that seven in ten students who get less than DDD grades at A-level go on to graduate with top degrees, The Telegraph is reporting.

Of the 3,025 students who went to university last year after achieving less than DDD, 69 per cent went on to graduate with either a first class or upper second degree.

Those who left school with less than DDD last year were four times more likely to graduate with a first class degree compared to seven years ago, the data showed.

Susan Lapworth, director of competition and registration at the OfS, warned that concerns over grade inflation “threaten to devalue a university education in the eyes of employers and potential students”.

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  1. Anna-Maria Bromley

    Perhaps those students are the ones who take longer to mature into their studies, benefit from leaving home and perhaps have the drive to succeed. I was a student who only achieved 1 grade D at A level but went onto achieve a first – the only student in my year on my course to do so.

  2. Mrs Melinda Carpenter

    Agree with Anna-Maria – I got 2 D’s at ‘A’ Level but once I found something I actually wanted to do (teacher training) I got a first in my degree. Perhaps university’s are better at engaging their students and teaching them to learn/think or perhaps students – having chosen their career/vocation – are more motivated to study/succeed. What lesson to be learnt here for Primary/Secondary teachers – keep the curriculum as relevant as we can for our students.

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