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Yes.
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Predicted grades are nonsense and shouldn't be used to make offers.
That doesn't mean we need to move to PQA.
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yes predicted grades are the most pointless thing in lower education, they are neither accurate nor useful.
everything else in the application (process) should stay the same though, i believe.
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It makes more sense to apply AFTER you got your grades, I never understood this British thing of applying with "predicted grades" as if they were fortune telling
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HOORAY hope they scrap this predicted grade nonsense by the time I go to uni in 2022-2023. The current system is awful especially considering the fact that most/all A-levels are now linear
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Yeah predicted grades are quite dumb.
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Exactly. Some schools are very 'generous' (as in very) with their predictions and it really isn't fair for students who go to schools where predicted grades are given 'realistically'.
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So getting in to uni is going to be purely grades-based if they scrap personal statements too? Would this also occur in highly competitive courses such as medicine where the PS is used to narrow down the pool of applicants to those being invited to interview?

I also feel like if they do move to this, they should aim to bring results day forward because if results go out in August and university offers are only made at the end of August, it cuts it a bit too fine for students if the turnaround between offers and moving in is only a few weeks.
I agree predicted grades don't really have much merit and aren't a particularly useful thing to know, but I think the system will need quite a few changes for it to be a successful transition.
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HOORAY hope they scrap this predicted grade nonsense by the time I go to uni in 2022-2023. The current system is awful especially considering the fact that most/all A-levels are now linear
I thought you were in year 13 lol
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I'm all for this. At my college, for those of us doing more traditional subjects, we're only predicted what we get in our mocks at the end of the first year, whereas people doing subjects like sociology are predicted up to 4 grades higher.
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So getting in to uni is going to be purely grades-based if they scrap personal statements too? Would this also occur in highly competitive courses such as medicine where the PS is used to narrow down the pool of applicants to those being invited to interview?

I also feel like if they do move to this, they should aim to bring results day forward because if results go out in August and university offers are only made at the end of August, it cuts it a bit too fine for students if the turnaround between offers and moving in is only a few weeks.
I agree predicted grades don't really have much merit and aren't a particularly useful thing to know, but I think the system will need quite a few changes for it to be a successful transition.
No medicine courses use the PS for shortlisting anymore
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No medicine courses use the PS for shortlisting anymore
Oh fair enough, I applied in 2014 so it's been a while. What do they use instead? Just predicted grades?
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Oh fair enough, I applied in 2014 so it's been a while. What do they use instead? Just predicted grades?
the UCAT test
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I thought you were in year 13 lol
nah in year 12 but want to take a gap year
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Predicted grades are nonsense and shouldn't be used to make offers.
That doesn't mean we need to move to PQA.
I agree maybe if mocks were also standardised (e.g every OCR A bio student in the country does the same mock paper) and had official grade boundaries etc then they would be slightly more accurate!
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I'm surprised that the consultation is as far-ranging as it is. I expected the UK Gov to miss all the important points, as usual

I'm definitely planning on responding to aspects of the consultation, and I think that others should too: https://survey.officeforstudents.org...view-students/
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It's not as far ranging as it pretends - they're focusing on perceptions rather than any concrete changes (because admissions are outside the remit of the OfS and the government) https://wonkhe.com/blogs/admit-two-t...ty-admissions/
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my biggest wants:
scrap unconditional offers
don't do offers based on work experience, extra curricular activities (i am able to explain why)
don't make an offer based on predicted grades!!
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I think the computer predicted grades were the worst. Told me I would get CEEE. Just what I needed to be told when I was a very depressed teenager...... Not.
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