Universities in the UK

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    Video caption: University places: Gavin Williamson says actual grades will be used

    Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the present system held bright but disadvantaged pupils back.

  2. Universities may ditch predicted grades on offers

    People receiving exam results

    Students could be routinely issued university offers based on actual exam results rather than predicted grades in future, under a proposed shake-up.

    A post-qualifications admissions (PQA) system could be introduced across the UK by 2023-24, says Universities UK.

    The plan is one of a series of recommendations from an 18-month review by university leaders across Britain.

    It comes after a chaotic summer when many students lost places on their chosen courses after exams were cancelled because of the pandemic, followed by rows and a U-turn on the assessment system used to decide grades.