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Generous A-level grading could be ‘challenging’ for universities

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Higher education experts warn of challenges for universities but call for flexibility in entry grades

There could be a glut of students with top grades applying to university next year after the government revealed plans for more generous marking of A-levels in England following Covid-19 disruption.

Education secretary Gavin Williamson revealed on 3 December that A-level exams—which will take place three weeks later than usual to allow for more teaching time—will be graded in line with results from 2020, when more students achieved higher grades. This was because students were allowed to choose between the grades awarded by their school or college, or the results they achieved in their exams. They could also choose to sit another exam if they wished. 

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