Sheffield University to open clearing more than two weeks before A-level results day

The Independent is reporting that one of the country’s leading universities is allowing prospective students to pre-register their interest in a degree course more than two weeks before A-level results are published.

Sheffield University, one of the 24 members of the Russell Group.., will open its doors for clearing on Monday, a move it says will give candidates a head start in snapping up places on results day…

Sheffield’s willingness to pre-register students is seen as evidence of the intensifying battle among higher education institutions to recruit the brightest candidates with the best grades. Competition has been stoked by the Government’s decision to lift the cap this year on the number of students that can be accepted by each university…

While pre-registering for a course does not guarantee a place, it gives students a head start because they are the first to be considered by admissions staff when the clearing process gets under way.

Lynsey Hopkins, Sheffield’s head of admissions, said pre-registration would benefit those who end up with better A-level results than expected as well as those not confident of getting the grades they need to take up their provisional offers.

Other universities are likely to follow in Sheffield’s footsteps, according to academics contacted by The Independent on Sunday…

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What do you think of this? Helpful or not?

And if this is the way things are going, are we actually starting to move to post qualification application by default? 

Surely that’s where this whole system needs to end up, isn’t it?


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