Julia Belgutay

Students find that as funds are cut, so are their options

Sixth-form colleges increasingly bar learners from ditching or switching A-level courses, survey shows

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Concerns over the impact of increasing funding pressures have long been voiced by colleges, but new evidence suggests that squeezed budgets are preventing students from switching or ditching A-level courses.

A survey of more than half of the country’s sixth-form colleges has identified a trend towards offering three A levels instead of four. And the majority of colleges say that they will either insist that all students who enrol in September continue with their original choice of subjects or take a “safety net” alternative, rather than allowing them to change A-level course or continue with ...

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