Earlier this week England entered its third national lockdown, closing schools, and moving teaching online for millions of pupils.
In response to ongoing disruptions to teaching and the lockdown, UCAS have announced that their Equal Consideration deadline for submitting applications has been extended by two weeks from Friday 15th January to Friday 28th January. All applicants who submit their applications by this deadline will receive equal consideration for places by course providers.
Teachers play a vital role in helping students choose the right university courses for them, and assist students in crafting the perfect personal statements. The extension will come as a relief to students and teachers alike who now have two more weeks to talk through options and finalise references and applications.
What’s the latest with A-Level exams?
In Autumn last year the Scottish government and the Welsh government realised they would be unable to guarantee a level playing field for exams as some students have been more disadvantaged by current circumstances than others. Both countries decided to replace A-Level and GCSE exams with in-classroom teacher assessments.
Following the announcement of the third lockdown and the inevitable disruptions to teaching, England has decided to follow suit and cancel A-Level and GCSE exams, with Northern Ireland deciding to do the same today. Gavin Williams declared they will "trust in teachers rather than algorithms", and use teacher's grades instead of exams.