A-level fog obscures everyone

October 29, 1999

John Dunford's otherwise excellent article ("It's not too early to show hand in admissions game", THES, October 15) is rather one-sided in putting on universities all the blame for delays in revealing admissions criteria in light of A-level reforms.

It is very difficult, if not impossible, for universities to specify what their normal offer will be under the revised structure without a good idea of what the schools and colleges are going to teach.

There would, for example, be little point in universities saying that five AS levels would be best if all the schools and colleges replied that they did not have the resources to do that many.

This is a real chicken-and-egg issue.

John Gledhill

Academic registrar

Coventry University

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