Press release

MillionPlus comment on the UCAS ‘Factors associated with predicted and achieved A level attainment’ report

04 Aug 2016

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today commented on the UCAS ‘Factors associated with predicted and achieved A level attainment’ report.

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:

“The deregulation of student numbers in England and the reduction in direct investment in teaching have affected the admissions strategies of some universities and the number of unconditional offers to students has increased. This analysis confirms that there is a correlation between unconditional offers and students not performing as well as predicted at A-level.

“There are also links between students not achieving their predicted grades and other factors such as household income and ethnicity. Modern universities have always ensured that their recruitment strategies take into account a broad range of factors in addition to exam attainment and these universities are crucial to delivering the Prime Minister’s ambitions for social mobility.

“As A-level results day approaches, students need to know that there will be universities which will offer supportive learning environments to help them achieve their ambitions in spite of the fact that they may not have achieved the A-level results that had been predicted."


Notes to editors

  1. MillionPlus is the Association for Modern Universities. More information can be found at
  2. Modern universities: key facts
  3. For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Dan Blows on 020 7717 1658 or email
  4. The report considers multiple factors together and seeks to find which are most strongly associated with the difference between predicted and achieved grades. The report will be published in the Undergraduate Analysis Reports section of the UCAS website on 4 August.