Vice President for Further Education comments on A-Level Results
Juliana Mohamad Noor, NUS Vice President Further Education today said:
Congratulations to all students receiving their A Level results today. Whether you’re continuing in education or entering the world of work, we believe that everyone should be able to go on to a post-FE pathway that best suits them. We welcome the news that the gap in entry to university between the least advantaged and the most advantaged students in the UK has closed slightly this year. However, the gap remains vast at 23 percentage points, indicating that significant barriers still exist to disadvantaged students entering higher education. Some of these problems can be found within the application cycle itself, as indicated by the Sutton Trust, who have warned that disadvantaged students are more likely to have their grades under-predicted than their more advantaged peers, making them less likely to apply to the most selective institutions.
If we hope to meet the OfS’ target of narrowing the entry gap at high tariff providers in particular to a ratio of 2.8:1 by 2024/25, admissions reform alone will not be sufficient to solve this problem. These students require additional support to succeed throughout FE and in school and should have better opportunities to share how class impacts their educational experiences, and how this is exacerbated by the rising costs of entering higher education.