Do grades still make the grade? 4

September 22, 2006

Stephen Gorard asks "Why use qualifications as a means of rationing higher education?". For mathematics, in which university courses build on foundations laid at school, the answer is obvious: to determine at what level degree courses should begin. For all the system's faults, a good maths A-level grade remains the most useful guarantor of sufficient competence to undertake a degree.

Niall MacKay
Mathematics admissions tutor York University

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