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Informed choice

University hopefuls should know the entry grades of previously successful candidates, writes Joe Vinson.

Fairness is fundamental to university admissions. So in a system full of uncertainty that is constantly under reform, students need to be properly informed when deciding where to study. And a key piece of information to help their decision-making would be access to the A-level grades of successful applicants in previous years.

Each year thousands of students are left disappointed on A-level results day as they fail to get the grades they need to start at their first-choice university. Yet, for some, this disappointment soon fades as they discover they have been accepted onto their preferred course anyway.

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