Universities and colleges

We will endeavour to answer your questions about further study at university or college here.

What will the decision to cancel exams mean for university admissions?

Through UCAS, Universities Wales and HEFCW, the Welsh Government and partners remain in close communication with Universities. Officials are working with the UK Government to ensure a consistent approach to key issues including admissions to Universities for the next academic year.

Universities are committed to doing all they can to support students and applicants and ensure they can progress to university. This will involve being flexible and responsive in their admissions processes.  Students who have applied to university, or are thinking of doing so through clearing, can be assured that every effort will be made to ensure they are not disadvantaged in any way by the decision not to go ahead with exams this summer.

What will this mean for University admissions?

UCAS, Universities Wales, HEFCW, Welsh government and other partners are working closely with the UK government to ensure a consistent approach to university entries, for the next academic year. Universities are committed to doing all they can to support students’ progress to university. This will involve greater flexibility in the admissions process for this year.  Learners who have applied to university or are thinking of doing so through clearing can be assured every effort will be made to ensure they are not disadvantaged in any way by the processes of this year.

How will these changes affect my progression to a higher level course in a school or college?

You will need to contact the school or college that you have applied to, for further information.

I’m studying for my Access to HE Diploma – will I be awarded my diploma?

Students who planned to complete their Access to HE Diploma by 31 July 2020 will now receive calculated grades for all remaining assessments with submission dates after 20 March 2020Further information about exactly how grades will be calculated will follow.   

Students who plan to complete their Access to HE course after 31 July will be supported to complete their studies through changes to the delivery of teaching and assessment of their course.  

The calculated grade will take into account tutors’ assessment of the likely grade as well as other factors such as prior attainment on the course.  

Further information is available on the QAA website which includes a link to their FAQs. 

Can schools and colleges consider evidence from specialist teachers or other professionals when making grading and rank ordering decisions?

A centre should, if applicable, seek further information from teachers and other education professionals who have been supporting a learner, to allow them to make secure judgements about centre assessment grades and a learner’s position in the rank order. This might include, for example, seeking information from teachers in another school, college, or alternative provision, such as a hospital setting. It could also include peripatetic or advisory teachers who may work across a number of centres, such as EAL teachers or qualified teachers of deaf, vision impaired and multi-sensory impaired children and young people.