Government plans to deny student loans to students with poor A-level results
This is an effort to minimize students taking places at the university for which they are not suitable for
Government plans to reorganize university funding may include proposals to make student loans less accessible to students with poor A-level scores.
Ministers are considering an effort to minimize students taking university places for which they are not suitable, at the risk of imposing minimum entry requirements for universities.
This follows the recommendation of the Ministry of Education to cap tuition fees at £ 7,500, following an official review of higher education, known as the Augar review.
Augar’s exam determined: “A low level of education, as measured by A-level and BTEC scores, is associated with dropping out of college, financial and often emotional cost to the student.”
Denying student loans to anyone with A level and BTEC scores below a certain threshold would mean that students would only be able to secure a place in the university if they are able to finance it on their own.
Universities UK President Professor Julia Buckingham said The telegraph that the plan “would prevent students from disadvantaged backgrounds whose previous study experiences have affected their grades from attending university and from ignoring the evidence that many of these students excel at university.”
Students expressed frustration and concern over the government’s plans, sharing their personal successes after performing poorly in their A levels.
One student tweeted: “I failed my baccalaureate because of my mental health, but a college gave me a chance. I will start my Masters next year. Without a student loan, I wouldn’t have stood a chance. People don’t realize that people fail their A level for all kinds of reasons. “
in 2014 I failed my A level – my teacher told me that a way to relocate and escape my chaotic family life would be united. I was accepted for a fine arts degree – they saw my art and gave me a chance. I relied on the student loan. I now have a master’s degree and I am exhibiting internationally this year
– (@ollyartist) January 24, 2021
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson also told the House of Commons that he is committed to increasing funding for “strategic” subjects such as medicine and engineering and to “cutting” taxpayer funding. for courses such as media studies.
Williamson said: “Our proposed reform of the education grant for the 2021-2022 academic year will allocate funds to provide value for money for students and the taxpayer.”
Williamson has confirmed that “non-strategic” degrees including performing arts, music, dance, theater and archeology will see their funding cut by 50%.
These courses are classified as “high cost,” and depend on additional funding from the government through a teaching grant, which is distributed among the universities.