Alevel

A-level students take legal action against Ofqual as 200,000 sign online petition

A protest outside the Department for Education earlier this week. (Getty)
A protest outside the Department for Education earlier this week. (Getty)

A-level students have launched legal action against England’s exam regulator Ofqual over what they describe as a “ridiculous and insane” marking system.

Thousands of teenagers were left angered after almost 40% of predicted grades were downgraded by the regulator’s “moderation” algorithm, leaving many missing out on their first choice universities.

Ofqual issued guidance on Saturday setting out the criteria for students to make appeals on the basis of their mock exam results, only for it to be taken down hours later.

In a brief statement, Ofqual said the policy was “being reviewed” by its board and that further information would be released “in due course”.

A student receives his A Level results on Thursday. (Getty)
A student receives his A Level results on Thursday. (Getty)

The Good Law Project is now supporting six students over a judicial review of Ofqual’s “failings”.

Data from Ofqual shows independent schools saw an

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How to get a university course place on A-level results day

Students around the country will find out their A-level results on Thursday: PA
Students around the country will find out their A-level results on Thursday: PA

Students across the country will open their A-level results on Thursday and discover whether they have secured a place at their preferred university or college.

But if you have missed out on the grades needed for your chosen course, or you have changed your mind, there are still places available at universities and colleges across the country.

The Ucas Clearing site gives applicants a second chance to apply for vacancies on unfilled courses.

What is Clearing?

Entering the process allows students who do not have a university or college offer to look for free spaces on alternative courses.

They are allowed to apply for a course, as long as their A-level results meet the requirements.

The process opened on 6 July and closes on 20 October.

Who can use it?

Students who miss out on the grades

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Your 10 key A-level results questions answered

A-levels - Lalalimola
A-levels – Lalalimola

Despite trepidation that university just won’t be the same, this is still a great year to go – so say politicians, career experts and academics. “I truly believe a good degree is worth the investment,” says Sam Gyimah, the former minister for universities, “for all those reasons that make a university education worth it” – better jobs, personal development, and sought-after, 21st-century skills.

Dire warnings of mass deferrals this year haven’t yet materialised. More 18-year-olds than ever – a record four in 10 – have applied this year, despite a population dip.

But for young people who have for years looked forward to traditional student rites of passage – heaving bars and packed lectures – campuses and study will feel different.

Students this year are worried, says Grace Joyce, community manager at online community The Student Room. They mostly fret about how they’ll socialise and live, asking:

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