In response to the decision by Cambridge Assessment International Examinations to withdraw the Cambridge Pre-U qualification, Mike Buchanan, Executive Director of HMC, said:
“HMC members are proud to have played a pivotal role in the creation of the Pre-U. Many hundreds of students have benefited from the depth and breadth of study that the Pre-U offers across a range of subjects. It remains an excellent, highly valued stepping stone to and preparation for university study which is why it was used as a model for the reformed A Levels now in place for students across the UK. Over a third of schools using the Pre-U are state schools.
“HMC regrets the progressive withdrawal of the Pre-U from 2022 onwards and appreciates the steps Cambridge International is taking to ensure students studying this qualification in the coming years will continue to be well-served and schools appropriately supported. We welcome the continuing role of Ofqual in regulating the standards of this qualification.
“Something unique will be lost at the close of the Pre-U. We look forward to seeing most, if not all, of the content and approaches of the Pre-U being replicated in other qualifications, if that is not already the case. For the benefit of schools of all types across the UK, HMC members stand ready to assist Cambridge International or any other awarding organisation in this task.”