While the news has been welcomed by students, many are still waiting to hear if the change will allow them to attend university in September

While the news has been welcomed by students, many are still waiting to hear if the change will allow them to attend university in September

For thousands of students, the last five days have been nothing short of a nightmare.
A controversial algorithm grading system adopted by the Government, left many students receiving their A-level results in turmoil.
Almost 40% of results were downgraded last Thursday, meaning scores of students were rejected from universities, and left with uncertainty about their future.
But following a major backlash from students, teachers and even Tory MPs, grades will now be reversed and based on teacher’s assessments.
Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, apologised for the distress caused, as he announced the shock u-turn on Monday afternoon.
Students protest over last week’s A-level results (Image: PA)
While the decision has been welcomed by students, many are still waiting to hear if the change will allow them to attend university in September.
Jude Sutton required grades ABB to study Computer Science at the University of Sheffield, but on results day he received BCC.
The 18-year-old from Stretford was offered a place, but was told he would need to complete a foundation year if he wanted to attend.
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Today’s announcement means Jude’s grades are now ABB. He is hoping the change will mean he can go to university without having to complete an extra foundation course.
“It’s great news. I was very surprised at how low my original grades were because I had never got below an A in Computer Science, so to see I got a B was heartbreaking,” Jude said.
“I wasn’t particularly keen on having to complete a year-long foundation course as I know I am capable, and it felt like a waste of a year.
Jude Sutton (Image: Jude Sutton)
“I think the way they have handled it is pretty poor. Using an algorithm is a terrible idea because there is no way for it to know me as a person.
“My teachers know me much better than anyone in the Government or an algorithm.”
Jude’s girlfriend had an offer from Cambridge to study law, which was rejected after her A-Levels results were significantly lower than predicted.
She had applied for clearing spots at six different universities, but was unable to secure a place.
“She is over the moon now and I think she will be able to get back in touch with Cambridge again now the results have changed,” Jake added.
Following the announcement, Emily said she would now be able to attend her first choice university in September (Image: Manchester Evening News)
Emily Brierly had been predicted an A and two Bs in her A-levels, but was ‘absolutely devastated’ to receive two Bs and one C in Thursday’s results.
The downgrading, meant she had missed out on her place studying social anthropology at The University of Manchester.
Following the announcement, Emily said she would now be able to attend her first choice university in September.
“I am absolutely over the moon about the recent u-turn,” she said.
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“This means I can now get in to Manchester and do my course. Absolutely thrilled for myself and thousands of other students across the country- we deserve it!”
The news has not provided automatic relief for all students, particularly those who are classed as ‘private’ or ‘external’ candidates.
Charlotte Walker-Prosser, 19, was expecting to achieve two A’s but was awarded a B and a C last Thursday.
Charlotte Walker-Prosser, 19, was expecting to achieve two A’s but was awarded a B and a C last Thursday
The former Loreto Grammar School pupil, who lives in Cheadle Hulme, was due to resit two of her A-levels after she didn’t achieve the grades she wanted last year.
She is still waiting to find out what today’s announcement means for her, but predicts she will now be awarded two B’s.
Charlotte hopes the grades will be enough to get her a place at Sheffield university, after she missed out on a place at Manchester.
“I am still waiting at the moment but I think it should be good news,” she said.
Charlotte said the grades sent off for moderation had to be predicted from her old school grades, due to the fact she was a private candidate.
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“Because I’ve been studying at home, they can’t acknowledge that I have done any work even though I have done loads of tests this year and have got constant A’s one after another”, she said.
“I am just hoping the announcement pushes my grades to BBB so that I can study Economics at the University of Sheffield.
“The whole thing has just been so stressful. It has not been handled well.
“I am still angry because I still don’t know if I will be able to go to university in September or not. For private candidates it has been extremely tough.”
Amy Turnbull was expecting to achieve an A* and two A’s on results day, but instead got three C’s (Image: Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.)
Amy Turnbull was expecting to achieve an A* and two A’s on results day, but instead got three C’s.
She hoped to fulfil her dream of studying medicine at Lancaster University, but was rejected because of her results.
Amy had already postponed exams after breaking her back in a skiing accident. She sat mock exams just a few weeks later and achieved three B’s.
She says despite the Government u-turn, her results will be BBB, meaning she still doesn’t have the grades for her choice of university.
“I dont think the grades that the college submitted for me reflect the grades I couldve gotten,” Amy said.
“I dont see how a college can judge what grades I would have gotten when they havent seen me the whole year and have given me the chance to show my potential.
“I think that its unfair and has massively disadvantaged me. I feel that theyve just put done grades without even thinking about my situation.
“I feel that I am stuck for options and dont feel like my voice is being heard.”
Olivia Clarke needed BBC to get a place at the University of Liverpool (Image: Olivia Clarke)
Olivia Clarke needed two B’s and a C to get a place at the University of Liverpool, but received two D’s and a C in last week’s results.
Today’s news means her grades will be BCC – giving her a greater chance of being accepted.
“As a working class person society already has stereotypes that we arent going to go far in life and are not academics,” Olivia said.
“Then to see the government, to an extent, confirming that stereotype by downgrading mainly those from “poorer backgrounds” was a kick in the teeth.
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“Todays news meant that my grades are now BCC.
“Although I am delighted and it means I have more of a chance to get onto my university course next year it amazes me that an algorithm was left to decide our futures.”
The change in grading will also apply to GCSE results in England, which are due to be released this Thursday, but do not apply to BTECS.
Students who were awarded a higher grade by the moderation process will be allowed to keep it, but for many pupils, their teachers predictions are likely see their grades increased.

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