REVEALED: How colleges are gaming the CAO points race
Colleges “artificially” limiting places to stop points from falling; University working group slams “disturbing practice”
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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