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Competitive admissions to Higher Education – how do institutions differentiate between applicants?

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  • UserTim Oates (Assessment Research & Development Division, Cambridge Assessment), Janet Graham (Director, Supporting Professionalism in Admissions Programme) and Dr Robert Wilkins (Dept. of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford)
  • ClockThursday 13 May 2010, 15:30-17:00
  • HouseCambridge Assessment, 9 Hills Road, Cambridge.

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UCAS applications to UK Higher Education institutions, the number of A-levels awarded an A grade and high achieving students exceeding the minimum entry requirements are all on the increase. In this context, the increasing numbers of well-qualified applicants presents institutions with a real challenge: how can they choose between applicants in a way that is consistent, fair, transparent and predictive of their future academic success? This session will look beneath the surface of the reported statistics. It will consider the wider context of admissions to competitive Higher Education entry, including the impact of the Schwartz Report’s recommendations on admissions processes. We will also look at how one institution uses various forms of assessment to help with differentiating between applicants.

This talk is part of the Current Issues in Assessment series.

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