REVEALED: How colleges are gaming the CAO points race

Colleges “artificially” limiting places to stop points from falling; University working group slams “disturbing practice”

15th August, 2015

Colleges have been manipulating the admissions system to maintain their number of high-points courses, it has emerged.

The practices being used include the limiting of students being admitted to high points courses, even if there are spare places available.

This means that a college with spaces for 130 students in a course might only admit 120 students because bringing in any more would reduce its points score from 500 to 495.

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