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‘Significant risks’ from giving students early A-level results


Membership body warns of anxiety for students and problems for universities over A-level plans

Plans to let students have their A-level results before universities this summer would put institutions under “considerable pressure” to tell applicants whether they had a place, the University Alliance group has warned.

Under the proposals, set out by the Department for Education and exams watchdog Ofqual, students could receive their provisional results before universities receive their final grades. UA, the representative body for technical and professional institutions, said there were “significant risks” that higher education institutions could face “considerable pressure to provide informal confirmation to students” before they had students’ final grades if this were the case for 2021 results, which are being given without exams being taken.

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