POLL: Do you agree with plans to clampdown on ‘low quality’ degrees?

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Government Ministers are reportedly planning to reduce the number of “low quality” university degrees that do not lead students to good graduate jobs. But do you support the clampdown? Vote in our poll.

The Department for Education (DfE) is expected to announce plans with a requirement for students to meet certain grade thresholds as a condition of entry to university before July. 

Discussions include the possibility of two E grades at A-level or GSE passes in maths and English. A blanket ban could be imposed on students who do not meet such requirements or they could be denied access to the student loan system.

The reforms mean that institutions may be restricted from recruiting students for some courses, therefore encouraging young people to seek alternative qualifications and apprenticeships.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has privately expressed support for such changes according to a report in the print edition of the Sunday Times on March 26, and is concerned about the impact of “low-quality” courses on the taxpayer.


Education Secretary Gillian Keegan previously supported a report by thinktank Onward which warned too many students were facing “hefty repayments for degrees that won’t help them financially”.

The 2019 report included a foreword by the Chichester MP and Conservative MP Neil O’Brien read: “For most people, study is a route to a job, a career, a better income. At the moment, too many of those young people are being sold a false promise.”

The report stated that one in five graduates was no better off five years after graduating than if they had chosen a route outside of university. 

So what do YOU think? Do you agree with plans to clampdown on ‘low quality’ university degrees? Vote in our poll and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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