Clause 30 - General duties of relevant authority

Part of Higher Education Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 4th March 2004.

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Photo of Mrs Anne Campbell Mrs Anne Campbell Labour, Cambridge 11:15 am, 4th March 2004

I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman is familiar with some of the academic research that has been carried out into the relationship between A-level grades and final degree classification. There was a considerable amount of work done in the 1970s. One publication was called Degrees of Excellence—I am sorry, but I do not have the names of the academic authors who produced it. Their conclusion was that the only strong correlation between A-level grades and degree classification was in physical sciences and in maths. In every other subject, A-level grades were irrelevant. I do not know whether that adds to the hon. Gentleman's argument.