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Statement on Wales’ approach for qualifications in 2021

Statement | 10 November, 2020

At Cardiff Metropolitan University we take pride in being a values-driven university where we put the wellbeing of our students, staff and community first. As we continue to combat the global pandemic it is more important than ever that we apply our ethical values to every decision we make.  

The Minister for Education’s announcement today that A-levels, AS level and GCSE exams will be replaced by grades based on classroom assessments, will provide students and the sector with much needed clarity. 

We welcome the early decision, which will give students the time to maximize their learning opportunities and universities the ability to adapt our admissions processes to ensure that no students are disadvantaged. 

At the beginning of the pandemic we made a series of decisions and commitments to our applicants to help provide as much reassurance as we could during a time of uncertainty and we know that there will be families across the UK who already have spent many hours researching and weighing up options for university before deciding on the best option for them.  

We want to provide further reassurance that no student will be disadvantaged as a result of today’s announcement and our Schools and Colleges Liaison team will continue to provide prospective students with much needed support in making their UCAS applications.  

Our next Virtual Open Day is on Saturday 21 November and offers prospective students the opportunity to chat with current students and programme leaders, as well as experience our virtual tours. Our Admissions team will also be on hand to answer any questions about the admissions process and are always available on email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk      

We want to offer students as much support as we can to make sure they have the right information to make informed decisions about their future.