University is for people with the capacity and willingness to learn.
If you just got a D or something and want to learn about the media, why shouldn't you be allowed on a course designed for people with lower abilities but who still want to learn?
is media a course 'designed for people with lower abilities' ?
I think one of the major problems Tony Blair and his emphasis on 'education' has created is the blurring of the lines beteen higher education and further education.
Fair enough, if people with lower capabilites want to learn, they can do so, but what's happening now is that those people are also getting degrees out of it and discrediting the other more prestigious, difficult degrees.
The more people go to University, the less any sort of achievement from most Univerisites will stand for. If Blair has his way soon a degree from a non Russell Group, for example, will mean about as much as five GCSE's, and people will have to spend more time and money trying to get more set up and qualified for a good career.
university for the lite my arse - people can waste £12,000 and three years of their life on the back of about 2 'E's at A-level... including general studies
I got BCD in my A levels, I' bright. Are you telling me I dont deserve Uni? That I didn't work hard enough. Just cause there are no pretty little A's in my grade sheet.
I worked damn hard for this, as do most people that go to Uni. I think it's great its being offered to everyone, they should have the chance to learn more if thats what they want. True apprenticeships can lead to more money but the right to learn should be given not earned.
If you don't work hard in University then you'll soon know about it cause you won't be there much longer.
I think that certainly the number of degrees should be cut. I mean, what on earth do you want gender studies for? University in my opinion should really be for the people doing medicine, law, economics, certain Arts courses - History, classics, languages, philosophy etc - Divinity and teaching, not useless 'Mickey Mouse' degrees. I think that the government's 50% target is at least partly to blame.
Elite in what way? You can get into uni with rubbish grades and little money. I'd say that Oxbridge is purely for the elite, but that's not really true for such places as Thames valley. It really depends on which university.
Attitudes should change towards higher education and make it more elite. Morons who can't achieve at least Cs at A level should not be allowed to waste more tax payers money by going to an institute such as Edge Hill to spend three years doing a watered down version of a degree. All at the expense of people who worked hard at good universities.
If anything the current targets will force graduates to become more competitive in the job market.
All you people blaiming the New Labour "50% brigade" forget 30 years ago you could get into Polytechnics with a couple of E's...
You'd struggle to get onto the most "mickey mouse" course at the worst uni with those grades now.....