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Teachers’ and Advisors’ Conference University of Leicester - 27 June 2008

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  1. Teachers’ and Advisors’ ConferenceUniversity of Leicester - 27 June 2008 • Recruitment and Admissions to Higher Education: • Patterns and Issues • Anthony McClaran • Chief Executive

  2. Overview • Setting the scene • UCAS today • Admissions trends • Changes and challenges • Questions and answers

  3. Setting the scene • Established central role in UK admissions providing wide-ranging, impartial service to schools, applicants and HEIs • UCAS is the central application agency for full-time • Undergraduate degree courses • Foundation degree courses • HND courses • HNC courses • Diploma of Higher Education courses • Certificate of Higher Education courses

  4. Setting the scene • UCAS today “The UCAS system is sophisticated and allows for many different routes. Its advantages for both applicants and institutions are that it eliminates duplication of effort, and provides a fair and consistent framework within which both applicants and institutions can compete.” Wikipedia

  5. Setting the scene • 1966 2007 • 90,900 applicants 534,495 • 44,500 acceptances 413,430 • 63 institutions 311 • GTTR – CUKAS – UKPASS

  6. Setting the scene Information and advice CPD Programme Marketing services Publications UCAS Card Website Data & statistics Consultancy Liaison with sector bodies/ Conferences & conventions Development of HE policy Qualifications & curriculum development

  7. Setting the scene • Admissions levels Source: UCAS Statistics Unit

  8. Setting the scene • Applicants by subject areas 2002 2005 2007 Medicine & dentistry 13,644 22,039 21,393 Subjects allied to medicine 26,082 41,441 41,696 Social studies 25,386 37,109 39,416 Creative arts and design 48,365 59,547 60,988 Physical sciences (including physical geography, geology & environmentalstudies) 13,635 14,384 15,567 Linguistics & Classics 11,086 12,907 13,177 Maths & computer sciences 34,136 26,250 25,105 • Source: UCAS Statistics Unit

  9. Changes and challenges • Overview • Demographic change • The Leitch Report • 14 - 19 curriculum • Foundation degrees • Differentiation • International recruitment • Post Qualification Application (PQA)

  10. Changes and challenges • Demographic change • 2005 to 2028 projected 18 year old population Source: The Knowledge Partnership

  11. Changes and challenges • The Leitch Report • “Prosperity for all in the global economy: world class skills” (December 2006) • 4 objectives for 2020 • 95% of adults to achieve the basic skills of functional literacy and numeracy • More than 90% of adults qualified to at least Level 2 • Shifting the balance of intermediate skills from Level 2 to Level 3 • Exceeding 40% of adults qualified to Level 4 and above

  12. Changes and challenges • Objective iv: Exceeding 40% of adults qualified to Level 4 and above • Up from 29% in 2005 with a commitment to continue progression • Unlikely to be achieved by further expansion of current model of HE • Rebalance the priorities of HEIs to make available relevant, flexible and responsive provision that meets the high skills needs of employers and their staff

  13. Changes and challenges Highest qualification held by young accepted applicants to full-time degree courses, 2004 entry (% of applicants accepted with these different qualifications/combinations at different types of institutions) Source: UCAS special analysis provided for Action on Access

  14. Changes and challenges • 14-19 curriculum • A* A level grades • Diplomas • How will HE react to Diplomas? • 14-19 HE Engagement Project Board

  15. Changes and challenges • Foundation Degrees • Continue to rise in popularity but still only account for low percentage of applicants to HE • No. of applicants by 24 March 2006: 23,506 • No. of applicants by 24 March 2008: 30,846 • % increase (2008 over 2006): 31.2% • Source: UCAS Statistics Unit

  16. Changes and challenges • Differentiation • Percentage of A level Scripts Achieving Grades A - E 96.6% 25% A Source: Joint Council for Qualifications Provisional GCE A Level Results 2006

  17. Changes and challenges • Differentiation • 14-19 curriculum changes • New forms of evidence • Unit grades • Admissions tests

  18. Changes and challenges • International recruitment • Numbers increasing year-on-year • Fraud and verification • Financial implications • Perception that international students take HEFCE- funded places • Competition from other countries providing HE • UCAS International Board

  19. Changes and challenges • International recruitment Overseas acceptances Source: UCAS Statistics Unit

  20. Changes and challenges • International recruitment Overseas acceptances by top ten contributing countries Source: UCAS Statistics Unit

  21. Changes and challenges • Post Qualification Application (PQA) • Present system based on predicted examination results • Implementation of PQA long-delayed by logistical and political issues • Supported by Schwartz “The Steering Group wholeheartedly supports a move to PQA” Professor Steven Schwartz - September 2004 • Consultation process • Delivery Partnership with Steering Group

  22. Future challenges and changes • Post Qualification Application (PQA) • What are we trying to do with admissions? • “The need to balance technical against human consideration has been a continuous theme in our office and committee considerations” Ronald Kay, General Secretary, UCCA, 1985

  23. Future challenges and changes • Post Qualification Application (PQA) • Delivery Partnership: • Sector wide representation • Steering group • Initial proposals: • Choices reduced - 6 down to 5 • Re-brand and re-launch Extra and Entry Profiles • Longer-term proposals: • Adjustment period from 2009 • Provision of feedback • Simplification of Art and Design admissions

  24. Teachers’ and Advisors’ Conference University of Leicester - 27 June 2008 • Any Questions • ? • Anthony McClaran, Chief Executive • Rosehill, New Barn Lane • Cheltenham GL52 3LZ • t: +44 (0) 1242 544990 • e: a.mcclaran@ucas.ac.uk