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National developments – the implications for HE admissions. Rob Evans Head of Admissions University of Sussex. Changes - Curriculum and process. Main topics: 14-19 advanced diploma The extended project A* at A-level, the IB and others Delivery partnership

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national developments the implications for he admissions

National developments – the implications for HE admissions

Rob Evans

Head of Admissions

University of Sussex

changes curriculum and process

Changes -Curriculum and process

Main topics:

14-19 advanced diploma

The extended project

A* at A-level, the IB and others

Delivery partnership

Reduction in choices & adjustment period

Feedback and SPA

Gathered field, PQA & paperless processing

14 19 advanced diploma implications for universities

14-19 Advanced Diploma – Implications for universities

Advanced diplomas

Will we accept them?

What will we require?

National qualification within local context?

Who will take them?

New pathways in Science, Languages & Humanities

Communication (to students & parents)

Engagement within HE (especially in non-diploma disciplines)

Standard offer requirements?

14 19 diploma the ucas tariff
14-19 Diploma –The UCAS tariff
  • Announced in December:
extended project some observations
Extended project –Some observations
  • Extended projects
  • Mandatory within diploma; optional at A-level
  • Half the size of an A level
  • Graded A* to E
  • Availability & provision within A-level?
  • Perceived benefits for students?
  • Use within admissions process?
  • ‘Students might use their project at interview stage for higher education and/or in their personal statement on the UCAS form’-QCA information sheet
  • Use within offers?
other qualifications more change
Other qualifications –More change!
  • Other developments
  • Extended Diploma
  • - 2011; 4.5 A-levels; all 17 lines of learning
  • A* at A-level
  • - first awarded 2010; use in offers?; tariff score?
  • 6 to 4 units for most A-levels
  • Expansion of the IB
  • Cambridge Pre-U (teaching from 2008)
  • AQA Baccalaureate (Pilots from 2007)
delivery partnership implications for he
Delivery Partnership –Implications for HE
  • Established autumn 2006
  • Sector led, but charged with implement change
  • Reduction in choices (2008)
  • Adjustment period (summer 2009)
  • Feedback to unsuccessful applicants (good practice 2008)
  • Entry Profiles (100% coverage by 2009?)
  • Changes to Art & Design
  • Gathered field?
  • PQA??
delivery partnership reduction adjustment feedback
Delivery Partnership –Reduction, adjustment, feedback
  • Reduction in choices
  • Applicants moved from 6 to 5 choices in 2008
  • Generally welcomed (by HE and schools)
  • Impact on application numbers and now conversion
  • Adjustment period
  • Summer 2009 – applicants who do ‘better than expected’ given chance to change HEI without losing firm choice
  • Impact on HEIs: difficulties with planning numbers; possible loss of students; problems for subjects with mandatory interviews; impact on offer making practice; and confirmation policy.
  • Impact on applicants: delays for near misses(?); need for more advice & guidance; raises expectations(?); housing?
  • Who decides what is ‘better than expected’?
delivery partnership reduction adjustment feedback1
Delivery Partnership –Reduction, adjustment, feedback
  • Feedback to unsuccessful applicants
  • Supporting Professionalism in Admissions
  • Joint SPA, UCAS and UUK statement on good practice (Drafted November 2007, published February 2008)
  • Feedback on request
  • Auditable trail of decision making
  • Proposals for optional electronic feedback via UCAS in future
  • Relationship to complaints and appeals?
  • Implications for advice & guidance
longer term big issues for the not too distant future
Longer term –Big issues for the (not too distant!) future
  • Gathered field – no decisions until given date (or only rejections?); question of timing; implications for interviewing subjects; impact on post offer visits; pressure on admissions offices
  • PQA – no applications until results known; timing of exam results in relation to academic year; difficulties for interview subjects; implications for advice & guidance in schools; encourages grade-focused selection(?); issues for ‘relationship building’ between applicant and HEI
  • Paperless processing – the loss of the UCAS copy form; 3 or 4 years(??); systems and process changes; Weblink as precursor; local printing or changes to practice??
  • comments,
  • questions!