Plans for radical change have been called for after UCAS has admitted that its university application process provides an unfair advantage to those who have attended private schools.
After publishing a review of the admissions process on Monday, UCAS has acknowledged that the current system favours students who have attended private schools.
The review showed that people who receive a private education are at an advantage based on the level of extra support they receive. UCAS claimed that students in private education are often encouraged to apply far earlier than official deadlines and additionally receive far more help with their applications.
Based on this, the report claimed that they were far more likely to be offered a place. The findings have caused outrage amongst many students. Speaking of the report, a Southampton University student commented:
“It should be equal opportunities for all students, regardless of the school you come from. Change needs to happen.”
Talks are currently underway to implement change within the application system, and it has been suggested that students should no longer submit their applications until after receiving their results.
This change would eradicate the problem of unreliable predicted grades, remove the need for a clearing system, and there would no longer be an unfair advantage given to those who apply early.
It has also been suggested that students should no longer be allowed to apply to a maximum of five universities, but that the option will be limited to two, forcing students to be more selective in their choices.
UCAS have announced that they will be considering these plans between now and January 20th, although it was suggested that changes may not take place until 2016.