After the Government’s U-turn on A Level, UCLan is beginning a second clearing process which will involve offering student places based on Centre Assessment Grades. These grades are those provided by teachers, and not the exam bodies.

For students looking to start university in September 2020, this summer has been a tumultuous time. From losing out on final teaching time, to being awarded grades wildly different to those that they were predicted, never has a generation faced such confusion and uncertainty, just a month before their first university term. But now with the U-turn on Centre Assessment Grades, students could find themselves at their chosen university after all, including UCLan.

Speaking on the matter, 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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