University lowers entry grades for disadvantaged

A leading university is to increase its intake of disadvantaged students by offering places with reduced grades.

 

The University of Bristol is to accept lower exam grades from disadvantaged local pupils and applicants from schools with poor A-level results.

 

Vice-chancellor Hugh Brady said this would be a "step change" in admissions.

 

The project is launched as admissions service figures show young people from poorer families are much less likely to apply to university.

 

The Bristol project, to be launched by Education Secretary Justine Greening, is an attempt by the university to drive social mobility and attract a wider range of students.

 

'Potential' not exam grades

 

The university, which gets eight applications for every place, will make offers two grades lower than the standard offer for applicants who have been at schools in the lowest-achieving 40% for A-level results.

 

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