UCAS Admissions Process Review: HMC response

The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) has today welcomed the UCAS proposal for a review of the university admissions process. In a statement, HMC said:

HMC welcomes the debate on radical change in the system of UK university admissions. Many of our members will sympathise with the suggested move towards a post-qualification system of admissions but will also be aware of the profound effects such a change may have on the whole structure of school education for older teenagers.

We intend to take a full and active part in the debate. At this stage we would emphasise that:

  • Any new system must work in the interests of students, not the results of administrative convenience for universities

  • Any change should be considered in the context of an overall review of post-16 qualifications and how a full and appropriate programme of study can be fitted into the time available

  • Change should involve a serious effort to review and improve the volume, quality and reliability of assessment for these age-groups.

  • The importance of the wider educational opportunities offered by school sixth forms – including cultural, community and sporting opportunities - should be given their full weight: schools are not exam factories.

The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference represents more than 250 leading co-educational and single-sex independent schools in the UK. More than 190,000 pupils are educated at HMC schools, the vast majority of whom go on to higher education.