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Applying to University

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What a crackpot system we have in the UK for students wishing to apply for University.

First they apply without knowing their A level grades though they have their A/S and GCSE results.

So, universities blindly offer places to them. Then when they don't quite reach them there is the most almighty cattle market towards the end of August as students try to find a university, any university to accept them.

UCAS believes this is the best system in the world. UCAS should be closed down.

It is a complete waste of everyone's time - schools, students, entry departments et al - to apply before you know your results.

So, here are some solutions not considered by UCAS:

1. Delay going to University until you are 19 - in other words introduce a compulsory gap year

2. Bring the A level exams forward by three weeks so the results can be known by the end of July and then ask students to apply for October


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