The consequence of this, said Dr Neave, could be described as inflation of formal qualifications, or an education system becoming certification bound - or mad. As universities raised entrance requirements, the CSYS (Certificate of Sixth Year Studies) would become a sine qua non of entry, just as the sixth year had now become sine qua non for entry, both to colleges of education and to university . . .
One possible consequence of increasing the currency of admission would be for the school to assume a role of increasing differentiation and selection at the post-16 level in order to meet the increased competition.