The Department for Education (DfE) says measures are being considered to prevent students from being “pushed into higher education before they are ready”.
Students who fail GCSEs in Math and English could be blocked from student loans under new Government plans to tighten controls over higher education.
The plans, to be announced later this week, will see minimum entry requirements in place for some university applicants.
The Department for Education (DfE) said measures were being considered to prevent students from being “pushed into higher education before they are ready”.
They added that it would also help ensure “low-quality, low-cost courses are not encouraged to grow uncontrollably”.
A DfE spokesperson said the plans would include a proposal that students who do not score 2 Es at A-level or equivalent or at least score 4 in English and Math at GCSE will not be eligible for loans. pupil.
About a third of students are not currently achieving a Grade 4 – the equivalent of a C or the previous system – in English and Math.
This comes as the number of dropouts choosing to pursue higher education continues to rise, according to new figures.
Data from the admissions service of Ucas universities shows that 320,000 sixth candidates have applied to the universities so far, compared with 306,000 in 2021.
The number of poor students attending college has also increased, with 28% of 18-year-olds from the most disadvantaged areas applying this fall compared with just under 18% in 2013.
The DfE has said that while the number of applicants is growing, “not all students receive the same high quality of teaching” and many become indebted because of courses with poor job prospects.
A DfE spokesperson said in a statement: “Our universities are a huge British success story. They are powerhouses of innovation and are playing a vital role in revolutionizing it. skills system, making lifelong learning possible with greater flexibility and technical training.
“But we need to make sure we’re creating opportunities that not only open doors but also develop the talent our country needs to thrive now and into the future.
“Higher education is an investment and we need to make sure that graduates are rewarded for the money, time and effort they put into their studies with the right education and work experience.” with their skills and help contribute to the economy.”
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