‘Informed Choices’ is a resource published by the Russell Group of UK leading research-intensive universities, designed to help school leavers make the right subject and other choices when considering entry to higher education.
‘(Un)informed choices?’ by contrast is an interesting recent report by the Pearson Think Tank on university admissions practices and social mobility, which received a positive response from the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education.
The report implicitly criticises the Russell Group for a lack of clarity about what it calls ‘facilitating subjects’: those A-levels which the group says candidates should seriously consider if they wish to be admitted for a range of degrees at their universities.
The problem is the Government has linked these subjects specifically to school/college performance in post16 league tables in England and it is not clear, even from individual Russell Group members, how they assess a candidate for entry to a specific course who has/hasn’t got these subjects.
I’ve blogged about entry to medicine previously (where I stressed the power of the selection interview) and here is an earlier post by me on school accountability and here is one by Laura McInerney about the potential negative impact of the new A-level measure.
This last was brought in by the English Education Minister, Michael Gove in January of this year and links to part 2 of this post coming soon ….