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UCLan to start a ‘second clearing’ process after Government’s A Level results U-turn

Posted on - 18th August, 2020 - 3:03pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, UCLan, Uncategorized, University
UCLan's Engineering Innovation Centre on the Adelphi roundabout Pic: Tony Worrall
UCLan’s Engineering Innovation Centre on the Adelphi roundabout Pic: Tony Worrall

UCLan is beginning a ‘second clearing’ process after the Government’s U-turn on A Level results on Monday.

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The university will now offer places based on Centre Assessment Grades, provided by teachers, to determine which students will be offered places for September 2020.

Thousands of students faced uncertainty last week when a computer algorithm downgraded their predicted exam results, leaving them without a place at their preferred university.

The system was criticised for penalising students from working class backgrounds as the algorithm was based not only on the student’s individual performance, but on previous years’ exam results from the school or college they attended.

Students at private and selective schools typically scored higher than their counterparts in the state sector, but after a public outcry, the government scrapped the computer generated scoring system in favour of Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs).

Universities across England, Scotland and Wales now face the challenge of reallocating places, after some students missed out and others were offered places based on last week’s results.

Read more: UCLan prepares campus for safe return of students during welcome week

Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin said: “We know that this is an extraordinarily difficult and for some a very upsetting time for learners, parents and their teachers and we are currently working through the details and impact of the Government’s new announcement.

“We will now begin making offers based on Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs) provided directly from students which we will verify officially via UCAS.

“CAGs are the grades provided by teachers using all the evidence available to them to determine what grade an individual student would have most likely achieved had they sat the examination in the summer.

“We consider this approach to be academically robust and from our point of view it’s pleasing to know that students from disadvantaged areas will now not be penalised by the Ofqual algorithm

“We are effectively starting a second clearing operation a week later than scheduled and while the Government’s u-turn will hopefully lead to more people getting on to the right course for them we think the overall process will be drawn out further this year as students consider their potential options.”

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The Government announced the algorithm has also been scrapped for GCSE results, which are due to be released on Thursday. Pupils will be awarded their GCSEs based on CAGs in line with the review of A level results.

Have you been affected by the A Level results fiasco? Let us know in te comments section.

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