UK: More universities seek top grades

Six more leading institutions in the UK want students to achieve the 'super grade' in one A-level this year, while a further two will require one from next year, write Kate Loveys, Inderdeep Bains and Sarah Harris for the Daily Mail.

Ten are considering adding it to their entry criteria, according to a Daily Mail survey. In 2010 just four made it a necessity for a place - but all these have dramatically increased the number of courses for which it is required.

The elite grade was initially used to choose pupils studying pure maths or science courses, but it has been broadened to include psychology, philosophy, economics and law. It comes as analysis indicates that independent schools are set to further tighten their grip on the elite universities following the introduction of the new top grade in 2010.
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